In memory of

Wilfred Opager

Apr 17, 1928
Aug 1, 2021


Wilfred Opager, age 93, passed away on August 1st, 2021.

Wilfred Ralph Opager was born on April 17th, 1928 in Gresham Oregon, to Edwin C. and Lydia Marie Opager.  Known throughout his life as Will, he spent much of his early life in Springfield, Oregon.  Active and imaginative, Will acted in school plays, played varsity football, and was distinguished as President of the Boys’ Alliance organization.

Following his formative years, Will served honorably in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He continued his education and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Oregon.  He then worked diligently to obtain his Certificate of Public Accountancy, and worked as a CPA for many years. He spent much of his life as a landlord in the Monmouth area, owning and managing numerous properties.

Wilfred married Margaret Lenell Woth in 1950, and they raised a family of five children:  Steven Opager, Mary Calkin, Rebecca Lee, Susan Winterstein, and David Opager.  Wilfred and Margaret were married for 71 years, and Will was a loving husband and father.  Will and Margaret were doting grandparents, and thoroughly enjoyed their 12 grandchildren.

Will was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, after converting to the church in the 1950’s. He served as a Bishop of the Monmouth Ward, and also served in other various church callings throughout his life.  He was an avid golfer, and spent many happy hours on the golf course.

Wilfred is preceded in death by his siblings Kenneth and Leona, as well as his daughter Susan.

Service Information

Funeral Services
Friday August 13, 2021 10am viewing 11am funeral
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2530 Boone Rd SE, Salem, OR 97306

Interment with Military Honors
Immediately Following Service
Dallas Cemetery
2065 SW Fairview Ave, Dallas, OR 97338

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Eric and Chris Sorenson says:

    Will was a good friend and I will miss him a lot, he was a great example to me in his faith and his life. There was nothing he would not do to help others. We share our sympathies to Margaret and the family.

  2. Tom and Julie Darling says:

    What a reunion Will and my Dad, Charles Foulger, will be having. My Dad always felt so fondly towards Will. Will was “Super super!” … a term Dad reserved for a very few! Love to the family!

  3. Nate and Colleen Brown says:

    We loved our association with Will. Our love and prayers are with Margaret

  4. Loretta Craford says:

    I was a visiting teacher to Margaret, when l first joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Enjoyed visiting this family over the many years. Will is resting from his many years of hard work at last.

  5. Brian Harrison says:

    He always had a smile and was a great example of love. He will be missed. Prayers to Margaret and her family.

  6. Shawnee Sellers Young says:

    Will was such a kind man and a good friend of my father’s. He was loved by all that knew him. Prayers are sent to his sweet family.

  7. Muriel Liggett says:

    Brother and Sister Opager are great examples. Dennis had a special relationship with Will. When Dennis would say, “It’s good to see you”, Will would always answer, “It’s good to be seen!” I consider it an honor to know Brother Opager! Thanks for your great personality, love and kindness!

  8. Laura Thompson says:

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Bro. Opager was an amazing person with a twinkle in his eye and smile on his face. Margaret, hugs from Missouri.

  9. Joseph Jones says:

    Loved that man.

  10. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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