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Ivan L. Opperman

May 30, 1925 — December 13, 2021

Ivan Leon Opperman, son of Emil and Mabel (Dietz) Opperman was born on May 30, 1925 in the Manning General Hospital in Manning, Iowa.

Ivan grew up on the family farm, graduating from Manning High School in Manning with the Class of 1943. After graduation, Ivan joined his dad's farming operation. Ivan enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in January 1945 and attended basic training in weather observing school at Chanute Air Force Base, near Rantoul, Illinois, where he learned to take encoded weather observations. He served in World War II as a weather forecaster in the Philippine Islands, stationed at Clark Field. Ivan was honorably discharged in 1947.

Ivan graduated from Iowa State College in Ames with a Bachelor's in Farm Operations. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and organized escorts for the Miss Iowa beauty pageant where Elizabeth Harding was a contestant. Ivan was Elizabeth's escort throughout the pageant.

Ivan was united in marriage to Elizabeth Jeanne Harding on March 24, 1951 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. They celebrated 64 years of wedded bliss.

Ivan was involved with many community and statewide organizations. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder and Trustee. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Brown Swiss Dairy Association, Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Soybean Association, West Central Rural Water Association and Carroll County School Board. He built M&I Dehy, an Alfalfa dehydration plant and Continental Soya Corporation (Consoy, what is now AGP).

With declining health, Ivan entered the Manning Plaza Nursing Home in Manning (currently Accura Healthcare of Manning), where he passed away on December 13, 2021 at the age of 96 years, 6 months and 13 days.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents Emil Opperman and Mabel Dietz Opperman; wife, Elizabeth Harding Opperman in 2015; his brother George Opperman and Grandchildren Alexander and Bradley Roberts.

Ivan is survived by his brother; Bill & Phyllis Opperman, Manning, IA; sister in law, May Opperman of Beloit, WI; sister Jane & Dee Kimberly of Boca Raton, FL: children: Susann Siebke of Florence, Italy; John Henry & Nancy Opperman of Manning, IA; Emily Opperman of El Mirage, AZ; James (Jim) & Darci Opperman of Manning, IA; Valarie & Jim Roberts of Algonquin, IL and Rhonda & Greg Wiebers of Mesa, AZ; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Service on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ohde Funeral Home, Manning, Iowa

Pastor Vickie Steffes, Officiating

Music "On Eagle's Wings" Rhonda Wiebers, Vocalist "How Great Thou Art" "Angels We Have Heard On High" Helen Wiese, Accompanist

Casket Bearers are Brian Roberts, Carrie Roberts, Jodi Opperman, Kathryn Vigoriti, Michelle Paleo, Lewis Wiebers, Kendra Myers, Justin Opperman, Carolyn Opperman, Jason Opperman, Scott Opperman, Stephen Grimm, Cody Beaver and Luke Myers

Interment with Military Honors by the United States Army Honor Guard, Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 3517 and American Legion Post 22 at the Manning Cemetery ~ Manning, Iowa

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Friday, December 17, 2021

9:30 - 10:15 am (Central time)

Ohde Funeral Home, Manning

108 1st St, Manning, IA 51455

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Service

Friday, December 17, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Ohde Funeral Home, Manning

108 1st St, Manning, IA 51455

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Burial

Friday, December 17, 2021

Starts at 11:30 am (Central time)

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