Dale Opfer - September 10, 2012Dale Edward Opfer, 76, of DeSoto, Kan., formerly of Bradshaw, passed into his eternal home surrounded by his family at Kansas City Hospice House on Sept. 10, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hampton, with the Rev. Loren Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hampton. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m., Monday and all day Tuesday at Metz Mortuary in York. The family will be present to greet friends Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.
He was born in York County on June 24, 1936 to Herbert and Edna (Wurtz) Opfer.
Dale attended Zion Lutheran Parochial school, Hampton, and graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1954. He volunteered for service in the Unites States Army in 1955. He served in Germany as well as in the United States. When returning home, he became a member of the York National Guard Unit, receiving an honorable discharge November 1961. Dale was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church, Hampton. He was baptized, confirmed, served on the church council, and also sang in the choir.
On June 21, 1958, Dale was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Rich at Zion Lutheran Church, Hampton. They lived on the family farm north of Bradshaw where Dale enjoyed his life as a farmer. When retiring, they moved to York. In 2011, Dale and Patty moved to DeSoto, Kan. to be near and to attend the activities of their two youngest grandchildren. Dale lived a full life; he enjoyed auctions, buying tractors and other farm machinery to resell. In 1978 he and his two sons established Opfer’s Used Cars and Trucks in Bradshaw. He was still active with them in the business. Through the years, Dale and Patty enjoyed traveling in both the United States as well as many foreign countries. He also really enjoyed playing cards with his friends. Also, Dale served several years on the Farmer’s Co-Op board.
Dale was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. One of his greatest joys was attending activities when his grandchildren were participating. He was proud of them and also of his six little great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Patty, of DeSoto, Kan.; sons Ross (D. Dee) Opfer of DeSoto and Kurt (Dawn) Opfer of Bradshaw; his sister, Mary Jean (Homer) Janzen, Longmont, Colo.; niece, Terri (Dan) Kohtz, Bennington; nephews, David (Sarah) Janzen and Brian Janzen, both of Colorado. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kristin (Richard) Steggs of Lincoln, Stephen Opfer of York, Michael (Dawn) Opfer of Bradshaw, Bret Lyn Opfer and Brock Opfer of DeSoto, Kan., and Brennan (Lisa) Foreman of Belton, Mo. His great-grandchildren are Haliegh, Thye, and Alea Steggs, Nicolas Opfer, Trey Opfer and McKenna Foreman.
Preceding him in death were his parents; grandparents, Frederick and Pauline Opfer and Harry and Lena Wurtz; and his in-laws, Louis and Norena Rich. Dale will be missed by his many relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, Hampton, or to the family for later designation. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.metzmortuary.com.