February 5, 1944 –
November 4, 2020
Once upon a time on a small rural dairy farm just outside the village of Oostburg, Wisconsin, George and Hilda Opgenorth welcomed 11 mostly lovely children including Gloria, Gary, Ralph, Shirley, Conrad, Larry , Wayne, twins Lloyd and Lois. , Geraldine and Diane. My unequivocal favorite was Lloyd. In fact, I loved him so much that I invited him to be my husband. He accepted and held this coveted position for 53 years; thus, I knew him intimately.
Together we had two mostly lovely kids, Travis and Tiffany, who also had mostly lovely kids, Mackenzie and Brett Opgenorth and Abby, Levi and Owen Cribbs. Our incredible journey began on September 9, 1967 and ended on November 4, 2020, after a three-month battle with cancer.
His hobbies included golf, softball, racquetball, squash and eventually pickle ball and lawn bowling. Lloyd worked for the Kmart Corporation for 32 years, making stops in Illinois, Oregon, California, South Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan. We retired to the Sunshine State in 2015.
Dad, as I affectionately called him, was a humble and gentle soul, easy to love, peppered with dry, humorous notes and a competitive streak. Most importantly, he was a man who loved and served the Lord of the Bible. His loss is a deep reminder of our need for a savior, as eternity knocks on our doors uninvited and unexpectedly. Today dad is well and with his Lord, and I am ready to join him at the appointed time. What a reunion it will be.
Psalm 9:10 – And those who know your name will trust in you; For you, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11 a.m., tours begin at 10 a.m., at New Hope Community Church 5100 Bethesda Court, Williamsburg.
Interment will be on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Linwood Cemetery, 4300 Church Road, Traverse City. Everyone is welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the new Youth Center, “Fired Up Campaign,” New Hope Community Church, online at newhope.cc/firedup or at the church office at 5100 Bethesda Court, Williamsburg, MI 49690, phone, 231.938.8056.
Published on June 2, 2021