George O. Opperman

George O. Opperman, 92, of Hawkeye died Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, Iowa.

Due to the winter storm, funeral services originally scheduled for Monday will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. David R. Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at West Union Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 2nd at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Tuesday. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye. Online condolences may be left at

George Otto Opperman was born in Strawberry Point, Iowa, on August 31, 1922, the son of Otto Opperman and Vesta (Brazee) Opperman. He attended schools in Strawberry Point. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Mary Bruening on February 22, 1948, at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Hawkeye area for over sixty years.

George was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye. During his farming years he raised milk cows, hogs, beef cattle, and chickens. In his later years, his hobby was raising show pigeons and exotic chickens. He and Evelyn spent time traveling to various states to attend pigeon shows and swap meets to sell the chickens. He also enjoyed any type of auction, parades with teams of horses, playing horseshoes, a good game of pool or cards. There was always regular socializing and spending time with his family, friends, relatives and neighbors on the farm. He always had a story or joke to tell intertwining his wit and humor.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn of Hawkeye, George is survived by his six children, Judy (Darryl Waugh) of Clinton; Dean (Gilda Steadman) of Hawkeye; Gloria (Dale Frana) of Decorah; Kathie (Max Steege) of New Hampton; Dixie of West Union; and Brad (Cathie) of Sumner; 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Gene and Wayne Opperman, and three sisters, Irene Paige, Wilma Schmittler, and Lena Jones.

Memorials can be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church.


Dennis&Deb Opperman on February 4, 2015 at 4:32 PM said:

Our condolences to Evelyn and family.George was one of a kind.We loved his stories and conversations. Prayers for healing support.
Diane Hermanson on February 2, 2015 at 5:27 PM said:

Sorry to hear about George's passing. Will miss his jokes.
Gary and Diane Hermanson
Christine Henderson-Miskell on February 2, 2015 at 12:31 PM said:

I heard of George's passing and wanted to express my condolences. I remember hearing my Grandma Henderson and my mother Diane speaking of him often when I was younger.

God Bless,

Bill & Marsha Smith on February 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM said:

Judy, Daryl and family:

Our sympathies and prayers go to you at this time. You have always been there for us at times like these and we will be there in our thoughts.
Jill (Conklin) Conlon on January 31, 2015 at 9:10 PM said:

My sympathy to your family. I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.
Dave and Nancy Foelske on January 31, 2015 at 6:36 PM said:

So sorry to read of George's passing. Many good times were spent visiting and showing birds with you folks. Our deepest sympathy to you.
Denise Haupt on January 31, 2015 at 4:31 AM said:

Gilda and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Just know he is in a better place and at peace.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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