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Stanley Opsahl

June 18, 1931-Sept. 11, 2010

Stanley C. Opsahl, 79, of Audubon, died Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Stanley Carroll Opsahl was born to Ole and Ragna (Anderson) Opsahl on June 18, 1931 in Barnesville, Minn., where he grew up and received his education, graduating from Barnesville High School in 1950. He was baptized and confirmed at the Little Bethany Church in rural Barnesville.

Stanley served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. On June 21, 1960 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Wiegand in Fargo, where they made their home. From 1961 to 1963, he attended the Wahpeton School of Science, where he studied design drafting. Following his graduation he took a job in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked for Collins Radio. They later moved to Mankato, Minn., where he worked for Telex/Amco.

In 1967 they moved to Detroit Lakes and in 1969 moved to their current home on a farm south of Audubon. Stan worked for the Minnesota State Highway Department in Detroit Lakes. He later worked for Minkota Recycling until his health forced him to retire in 2002.

Stan was an active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church since 1973, serving on the Church Council. Stan enjoyed his hobby farm very much.

Surviving Stan are his wife, Jeanette; four sons, Dean Opsahl of Moorhead, Troy (Kelsey) Opsahl of Detroit Lakes, Wade Opsahl of Fargo and David (Melissa) Opsahl of Detroit Lakes; one grandson, Connor Opsahl; two step-grandchildren, Rachel and Mason Wentz; two sisters, Mildred Gobernatz and Ruth (Orlie) Hellem, both of Moorhead; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church near Audubon, with burial in the church cemetery.

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