Gilbert D. Opperman, 79, Arbor Vitae, formerly of Stevens Point, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield due to complications of a head injury suffered in a fall.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jonathan A. Wessel officiating. Cremation will follow. Burial of his ashes will take place later at Prince of Peace Cemetery in Coloma.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Boston Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church until the services.
A memorial in his name is established for St. Joseph’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit in lieu of flowers.
Mr. Opperman was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Coloma, a son of the late Charles and Hulda Opperman.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 during World War II. He was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. He was a radio operator serving in the Pacific Theater and involved in the air offensive of Japan in 1945. He received the American Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
He was married to Evelyn A. Landowski on May 31, 1947, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point.
He worked as an electrician for 39 years at Wisconsin River Division of Consolidated Papers Inc., retiring in 1984.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Thomas (Lu Ann) and James, both of Stevens Point, and Daniel (Patti), Chicago, Ill.; one daughters, Patricia (Gregory) Viergutz, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two sisters, Elsie Korleski, Wild Rose, and Norma Tafelski, Nekoosa; eight grandchildren; and one stepgrandson.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.