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Harold Vernon (Harry) Opsahl, 63, of Carpenter

Posted: Friday, Aug 16th, 2013

CARPENTER — Harold Vernon (Harry) Opsahl, 63, of Carpenter, died on Monday night, Aug. 12, 2013, at the Sanford/USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls following a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Carpenter United Methodist Church. The Rev. Shirley Scotter will officiate.   Burial will follow in the Richland Cemetery, rural Carpenter.  Visitations will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Furness Funeral Home in Clark and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Harold Vernon Opsahl was born on Aug. 12, 1950, in Huron, to Vernon and Mary (Tschetter) Opsahl.  He attended grade school in Carpenter and graduated from Willow Lake High School with the class of 1968.  He received his degree in Banking and Financing from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1972.  He worked in the banking business for more than 30 years, with positions in Mobridge, Iowa and Nebraska before semi-retiring.  He then began working part-time for South Dakota Wheat Growers.

     He was baptized and confirmed at Carpenter United Methodist Church and remained a lifelong member of the church. 

     He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. 

He is survived by his mother, Mary Opsahl of Huron; two brothers, James (Charlotte) Opsahl and Ronald Opsahl, all of Carpenter; one niece; one nephew; two grand-nephews and one grand-niece; two aunts, Helena Townsend of Willow Lake and Margaret Opsahl of Corona, Calif.; several cousins and a host of friends. 

He was preceded in death by his father; his grandparents; several uncles and aunts; and one grand-nephew. 

The family prefers memorials in Harry’s name be made to the Richland Cemetery or to the Carpenter United Methodist Church. 

For the complete article see the 08-15-2013 issue.

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