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Tom Oppegard


October 6, 2020

Tom Oppegard

December 30, 1960 - September 29, 2020

Tom Oppegard, age 59, of Mahnomen, MN, died Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at his home.

Thomas Gene Oppegard was born December 30, 1960, to Oscar and Gertrude (Antell) Oppegard. He was born in Fosston, MN, and grew up in the Island Lake area, attending school at Mahnomen Public School. Following graduation, Tom remained on the White Earth Reservation and entered the workforce. He later attended Detroit Lakes Vo-Tech for carpentry and worked as a carpenter for a few years before his health began to decline. Over the years, Tom had many challenges which he did overcome as his beautiful spirit grew strong and shined upon the world. He has made his home at MaKonce since purchasing his home in 1992. He loved to reminisce about family and the good ol days. Tom will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tom was a natural storyteller with a great sense of humor. He was ready to visit anytime and would always tell it like it is. Tom was a friend to many, generous to a fault and found great satisfaction in helping others. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially time spent with his nieces and nephews. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed riding the bus to town to shop and to go to group, where he had many good friends. He also enjoyed listening to the radio with 80's music being his favorite. When he was home, he liked watching television, caring for stray animals in the area and he loved TALKING ON THE PHONE! Many cats and dogs became great companions over the years. In his younger years, he could be found in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, maple syruping and picking medicines with his brothers, Sunfish and Al.

Tom is survived by a brother, Alan Oppegard of Mahnomen, MN; six sisters: Nona Townsend of Mahnomen, Susan Zornes of Bemidji, MN, Gwen Sargent, Ruth Stech and Roberta Oppegard all of Naytahwaush, MN, and Lyda (Pete) Cannon of Waubun, MN, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Mike, Oscar "Sunfish" and Simon; sisters, Ann Townsend and Mary Oppegard; and many aunts and uncles.

Outdoor Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 5, 2020, at 1 :00 p.m. at the Alan Oppegard Residence with visitation beginning at noon. Burial will be at Island Lake Cemetery, Lengby, MN.

Following all Covid-19 safety protocols, social distancing will be practiced, and all must wear a mask to participate.

Funeral Service

Alan Oppegard Residence

Monday, October 05, 2020

1:00 PM

2224 320th Ave.

Mahnomen, MN 56557

Visitation beginning at Noon.


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