Service Saturday for longtime firefighter John Opperman

John Opperman died Tuesday, May 9, at his home in Wayland. He was 83.

He was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Hopkins the son of John and Halda (Schafer) Opperman. John served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had worked for Pet Milk and at Dean Foods for 47 years until his retirement. John served on the Hopkins Fire Department for 10 years and Wayland Fire Department for 40 years.

Surviving are his children, John (Shawna) Opperman, Joyi (Bill) Merritt and Laurie (Tim) McCormik; five grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and companion, Sue Ingram.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff and siblings, Ken, Donald, Duane and Marie.

Friends may visit with John’s family starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wayland until the time of the funeral service at 11, with Pastor Rick Scheibe officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the Wayland Fire Department.

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