Burnell's Top Matches
About Burnell O Opperman
14 December 2009
Burnell Omer Opperman
OELWEIN - Burnell O. Opperman, 84, of Oelwein, died Saturday morning, Dec. 12, 2009 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with the Rev. Leo Combs-Lay officiating. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein.
Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before the service Friday at the church. Special services during visitation Thursday will be a 6 p.m. Masonic service by the Oelwein Hebron Masonic Lodge 374 A.F. & A.M. and a 7 p.m. military memorial service conducted by the Oelwein American Legion Ross Reid Post 9 Honor Guard.
Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com
Burnell Omer Opperman was born July 22, 1925 at Maynard, Iowa the son of Edgar W. and Bessie A. (Palmer) Opperman. He graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1943 and attended three semesters at Wartburg College at Waverly. Burnell was a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Navy from May of 1943 to July of 1946. Burnell was united in marriage to Charlotte M. Bartels on March 8, 1946 at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Maynard. Burnell worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Oelwein as a postal clerk for 35 years retiring in 1984.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, a 32nd degree mason with Hebron Masonic Lodge 374 A.F. & A.M. and a member of the El Kahir Shrine. Burnell was a former little league manager and was an assistant leader of Boy Scout Troop 37 in Oelwein.
Survivors include his daughter Brenda (James) Pieper of Mexia, Texas; his son Boyd Opperman of Norman, Okla.; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Jackie) Pieper of Woodside, Calif., Jeffery (Lisa) Pieper of Iowa City, Sterling Opperman of Oklahoma City, Okla., Vanessa Boggs and Jessica Opperman, both of Edmond, Okla.; three brothers, Eugene (Betty) Opperman of Marion, Merle (Earlene) Opperman of Cedar Rapids, and Ivan (Marilyn) Opperman of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Charlotte on May 9, 2008 and a brother Reginald "Bud" Opperman.