Butch Opp - July 17, 2009Lloyd “Butch” Opp, 66, of Aurora, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Funeral Services were held Monday, July 20 at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Mark Dunham officiated. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Lloyd “Butch” Franklin Opp, son of Karl E. and Colene (Anderson) Opp, was born at the family home east of Wood River on April 25, 1943.
He grew up in Wood River and graduated from Wood River High School in 1961. He began farming as soon as he finished school.
Butch was married to Janice Parmley and they had two daughters: Lori and Stacie. He worked for Jerry’s Sheet Metal and Crouse Roofing in Grand Island.
He married Janice Fenster Zehr on July 8, 1984. He worked for United Sign and then worked 11 years at Tri-City Sign before retiring in 2004.
He was an avid sportsman and participated in softball, hunting, fishing, bowling and golf. He loved spending time at his cabin at the lake with family, friends and his dog, Molly. In his early years, he was a Golden Gloves boxing champion. He was a member of Platt Duetsche.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karlene Lambrecht and mother-in-law, Thelma Fenster.
Survivors include his wife, Jan Opp of Aurora; two daughters, Lori Opp of McCool Junction and Stacie (Wesley) Bass of Brush, Colo.; four grandchildren, Brittney Neeman and Kyle Neeman and his fiancé Leslie Hoffman, Justin Bass and Courtney Bass; two stepsons, Todd (Cathy) Zehr of Lincoln and Doug (Donita) Zehr of Lee Summit, Missouri; three step-grandchildren, Chris Zehr, Traci Zehr and Megan (Eugene) Lawson; two step great-grandchildren; a sister, Judy Cole of Alexandria, Va.; sister-in-law, Bev (Keith) Collingham; brother-in-law, Larry Fenster, all of Aurora and many nieces, nephews and special friends.