Lloyd J. Opgenorth

Lloyd J. Opgenorth, 87, of West Bend died on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1920 in West Bend to the late Joseph and Adelaide (nee Straub) Opgenorth.

He attended Holy Angels Grade School in West Bend and graduated from West Bend High School, where he won the Pick Football Trophy in 1937.

He set a school record for the Badgers, which was never topped, scoring five touchdowns in a game against Columbus.

He later helped coach the Holy Angels Grade School football team to several area championships.

Lloyd attended Marquette University after graduation, but then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after the outbreak of World War II and served in the South Pacific as a lieutenant.

While stationed in North Carolina, he married Virginia (Vic) Blank of West Bend, and they were happily married for 35 years until her death in 1979.

Following his discharge, Lloyd returned to West Bend and worked as a salesman for J.C. Penny, and then with New York Life for 10 years.

In 1981, he retired as a vice-president from the B.C. Ziegler Co. after 23 years there.

Lloyd was involved in many charitable and civic organizations in West Bend over the years. He served as parish secretary for St Frances Cabrini Church for 17 years and was instrumental in various cancer drives, Jaycees, Knights of Columbus and the VFW.

He was a member of "The Gusts" and excelled over the years with his old-time West Bend cronies in smart talk and laughter.

Lloyd spent his last years happily residing on the Cedar Community campus and was very pleased with the excellent quality of care he received there.

Survivors include three children, Mary Jo (Jon) Parkhill of La Grange Park, Ill., Jack (Mary) of Ashland, Ore. and Jim (Marilee) of Yorkville, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Judie (nee Eichenseer) of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, D.G.; a sister, Sr. Mary John Bosco (Charlotte), SSND; and a brother, Cyril "Red."

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Father Jeff Haines presiding.

Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery, West Bend.

Visitation will be on Friday at the Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend from 4 until 7 p.m., and also Saturday at the church only from 10 until 10:45 a.m.

The family has requested memorials to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.