Dick was born in Elma, Wa on Oct. 25th, 1944 to Charles and Helen Oppelt. He died September 28, 2022 in Olympia, WA.
He spent his childhood at the family home on Oppelt Rd, outside of Elma. He roamed the family property. Running on deer trails amid the trees. That his parents used to build their 2 story log cabin. When He left Elma he enlisted in the Airforce. As a First Class Airman in the U.S. He was stationed in Turkey during the Vietnam conflict from 1963-1969, and was proud to represent the USAF as a competitive athlete across Europe, against men who became Olympic Athletes
Dick's long and fruitful career of 27 years driving for Grays Harbor Community Transit, was an opportunity for him to touch many lives. He is preceded in death by his first wife Elaina, and their two sons Jim and Phillip. Dick is survived by his wife of 29 years, DeLene, his children Paul, Michael, Rachel, Rick, Richie, and 5 step children, their spouses, and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He loved Outdoor activities. Hunting, Fishing, Picking mushrooms, and cutting firewood. He always said it warms you three times. First when you cut it. Next when you Stack it. Third , when you burn it.
Memorial contributions can be made to Diabetes Research at Diabetes.org
Memorial will be held at a later date for friends and family.
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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory - Shelton