Bernard A. “Bernie” Opitz, age 83, of Plymouth, passed away early Wednesday morning, April 10, 2013, at Aurora Memorial Medical Center in Sheboygan where he was a patient the past six days.

He was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Plymouth, Wis., a son of the late Albert B. and Hazel G. Nelson Opitz. Bernie attended Plymouth Grade School and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1949. He also attended the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac and Lakeshore Technical Institute.

He served in the United States Army for the National Guard in Company K 426 Infantry Regiment 32 Division for nine years.

On March 15, 1958, he married JoAnn Rooker in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

Bernie worked for the Plymouth Utilities for seven years and for 27 years for the Division of Correction at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institute, retiring in June of 1989. He also served as a deputy sheriff for the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department for over 20 years retiring in 1992.

He was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Church in the town of Rhine and was a former member of Community United Church of Christ in Elkhart Lake, where he served as deacon for four years and elder for six years in the church.

Bernie was also a member of Master Gardeners Club, North America Hunting Club, Safari Club, Boone and Crockett Club, Wisconsin Bow Hunters Association, NRA and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #243 in Plymouth.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, gardening and camping.

He is survived by five children: Connie Adelmann of Kiel, Pam (Don) Goelzer of Plymouth, Lee (Rhonda) Opitz of Elkhart Lake, Mark (Barbara) Opitz of Cascade and Bruce Opitz (fiancée, Wendy) of Sheboygan; four grandchildren: Megan Goelzer, Jennifer Goelzer, Cody Opitz and Jeremy Opitz; one great-grandson, William; eight step grandchildren: Tara, Ted, Amanda, Tyler, Becky, Derek, Lizz and Sara; 10 step great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia (John) Konz of Howards Grove; and his canine companion, Tina and his feline companion, Tipper. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald “Red” (his wife, Genevieve) Opitz; infant sister, Evelyn Opitz; one son-in-law, William Adelmann and one daughter-in-law, Char Opitz.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at St. Peter Evangelical Church, W5375 County FF, town of Rhine. The Rev. Keith Hunholz, pastor of the church, officiated. Burial will be in the Greenbush Cemetery at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Visitation was held at the CHURCH on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of services.

The Plymouth Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post conducted military rites at the church following the services Monday night.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Bernie’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to send special thanks to the staff at Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center on 3rd floor ICU unit for all your care and compassion given to Bernie.

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