Edward Belz Oppermann Lt. Colonel (retired), died at Ft. Worth, TX on November 21, 2013. He was 83 years old.|
He was born in St. Louis, MO on January 19, 1930, the son of Theodore and Marie (Belz) Oppermann. He graduated from high school in Trenton, IL, attended McKendree College for one year, and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949, where he graduated with distinction in 1953.
He married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Ruehrup, in Highland, IL on August 1, 1953.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, and graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology with an MBA in August, 1958. He received his PhD in Economics from Indiana University in 1965 and taught at the USAF Academy, where he retired as a Tenure Professor in 1973. He also served one year in Vietnam as an Economic Adviser.
He later taught at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and retired from the College of Business as a Professor Emeritus of Economics and Statistics in May, 1999.
Ed is survived by his Wife of 60 years, JoAnn, his daughter, Kimberly Miller and grandchildren, Karla, Luke and Matthew; his son, Kurt, his wife, Monica, and grandsons, Christopher and William. Ed was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Anna Marie Runge; and his son-in-law, the Very Rev. Anthony Miller.
Vespers for the Departed: 7 p.m. Wednesday 12/4/13 with visitation following at St. Mark's Orthodox Church in Denver, Colorado. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday 12/5/13 at St. Mark's Orthodox Church. Burial with military honors will be at the USAF Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado at 12 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Mark's Orthodox Church, 1405 S. Vine St., Denver, Colo. 80210.
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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 1, 2013