A Funeral service for William Opp, 91, of Glen Ullin, ND will be 11:00 CST, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Toby Heller officiating. To view the live webcast of William’s funeral service, please go to Stevenson Funeral Home website, click on William’s photo, select photos and videos. The livestream will be active 15 minutes before the service. Burial will take place in the Glen Ullin Cemetery.
Visitation for William will be Monday, December 14, from 4:00-6:00 CST at Stevenson Funeral Home, Glen Ullin with prayers starting at 6:00 pm as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.
For those attending, please adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by the CDC and ND Department of Health.
William passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Marion Manor Health Center in Glen Ullin.
William Daniel Opp was born November 7, 1929 to John K. Opp and Margaret (Blatz) Opp in Glen Ullin, ND. He grew up on the family farm near Glen Ullin and attended country school through 8th grade. His first job was with the railroad. He then went to work for a nearby farmer until he began drilling water wells in 1954 with his brother George. During his time working on the farm, he met his future wife, June Fuchs, on graduation night at a dance in Glen Ullin. The two were married on June 22, 1952. Together they raised their 6 children on the family farm. William was known for his hard work ethic and would drill wells with the boring machine during the day. After a long day of drilling wells, he would then get on his Farmall tractor and do farm work late into the evening. In the late 1990’s, he retired from drilling.
During his younger years, William was an avid baseball player, and continued to enjoy watching baseball all of his life. He was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings, as well as the NDSU Bison. While raising his family, he would often take the kids out fishing on Sundays after church. He also enjoyed flowers, gardening, bird watching, and playing cards. While at Marian Manor, he continued playing cards, bingo, and other activities. He was known for his sense of humor, and he kept that sense of humor until the end.
William had a strong Christian faith and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He was an officer of the church and served in many capacities.
William is survived by his wife of 68 years, June; sons, Bob (JoAnn), of Glen Ullin and Bruce (Erica), of Mandan; daughters, Nancy Bittner, of Glen Ullin, Ronda (Kevin) Maershbecker, of Dickinson, Julie (Darvin) Gutknecht, of New Salem, and Peggy, of Minneapolis, MN; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren with two more on the way in 2021.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Carl, Jake, and George; great-granddaughter, Grace Bittner; and his parents.