Kenneth Duane Opsahl, age 72, of Kimball, died Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Hilltop Care Center, Watkins, surrounded by the love and care of his family.
Memorial services will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kimball Church of Christ with Pastor Joe Druga officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Grace Southside Cemetery in Southside Township.
There will be visitation at the church Saturday, one hour prior to the services.
Ken’s grandchildren will serve as his urn bearers. Zya Lueders, Ken’s granddaughter, will provide music for the service.
Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Kimball. Obituary, guestbook, video tribute and funeral webcast online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.
Kenneth was born March 24, 1946, in French Lake Township, to William and Luella (Nelson) Opsahl. He grew up on the family farm in French Lake Township, and attended school in Litchfield and Cokato.
Ken was united in marriage to Cindy Helen Weber Nov. 4, 1967, in Sauk Rapids.
Ken honorably served his country in the United States Navy. During his 24 years of service, he served eight deployments to Vietnam. Upon his retirement March 31, 1988, Ken had reached the rank of chief petty officer.
He was reunited in marriage to Cindy March 11, 1998, in Buffalo. The couple made their home in Kimball.
Ken was a member of the Kimball American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Watkins VFW.
In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, stained glass, and prospecting for gold. He also liked to spend time in the presence of his family, as well as try his luck with lottery tickets.
Ken is survived by his children, Kyle Opsahl of Broken Arrow, OK, Rebecca (Brent) Wessman of Annandale, Jenny (Mike) Beehler, and Dawn (Jason) Lueders, all of Kimball; 12 grandchildren: Todd, Tyler (Chelsea) and Trever (Samantha) Linder, Stephan (Mallory) Kurkosky, Karlee, Jacob and Ashley Beehler, Zya and Andrew Lueders, and Adrian, Dillon and Ember Opsahl; and one great-grandchild, Teagan Linder.
He is further survived by siblings William Opsahl of Fairhaven, Bernice (Tom) Follmer of Elk River, Mary Lee (David) Hettinger of Murphy, NC, Paul (Betty) Opsahl of Dassel, and Dennis Opsahl of Annandale; mother-in-law Millie Fredrick of Kimball; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Cindy; parents, William and Luella; and a sister, Elaine Opsahl.