Adolph ‘LeRoy’ Opsal

Adolph ‘LeRoy’ Opsal

ARMSTRONG — Adolph “LeRoy” Opsal departed this life on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at the age of 91, due to complications from the coronavirus. A memorial service for LeRoy will be held at a later date.

Adolph LeRoy Opsal was born Oct. 15, 1928, the son of Olai and Mildred (Hanson) Opsal. He lived in Armstrong his entire life, attending Halfa School for two years, then Armstrong Community School, graduating in 1946.

Following graduation, he worked for Jim McIntire at the DX Station until 1951, when he joined the U.S. Army, serving in Germany until 1953.

LeRoy met the love of his life, Dona Jean Freitag, on a blind date and they have been inseparable since then. They married Nov. 8, 1953, in Sherburn, Minn.

He owned the Standard Oil Station and tank wagon service in Armstrong from 1953-1962. LeRoy became a rural letter carrier in 1962 and drove his route, which he loved, until he retired in 1991.

LeRoy was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church and served as president, treasurer, Sunday School teacher and the choir for over 50 years.

He was an accomplished man with many interests and talents, continuously working to improve the community, serving as a fireman for 38 years, was a nine-term Mayor for the City of Armstrong, two terms on the school board, was instrumental in starting the ambulance service, and served 25 years as an ambulance EMT, 30 years on Emmet County Judicial Committee, co-chairman of the centennial celebration, president and site manager for Armstrong Housing, and member of the Betterment Club.

LeRoy was a lifetime VFW member and a charter member of the American Legion.

He had numerous interests and enjoyed golfing, traveling, reading, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

LeRoy was preceded in death by parents, Olai and Mildred Opsal; sisters, Ardyth, Ardis, Muriel and husband Melvin Brown; brothers, Effner and Lyndon; and daughter-in-law, Judy.

He is survived by his wife, Dona; son, Ross Opsal (Denise) and his daughter, Sarah Opsal; daughter, Wendy Oleson (Bill), children Mandy Howell (Thomas), Lucas Oleson (Katie) and Joshua Oleson; daughter, Michele Doskocil (David Vance) and her children, Hayden Doskocil (Megan Lappe) and Emma Lindsey (Nate); great-grandchildren, Joshua Oleson Jr., Jo Oleson, Jayda Oleson, Eli Oleson, Carly Oleson, William Howell; special niece, Karen Sanftner; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Opsal, Betty Opsal, Norma Benson, and Lois Peterson; many nieces and nephews.