Opal Lorraine Lynn, 95, passed away in her home in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Jan. 4, 2013, with her family by her side.
Opal was the oldest daughter in a family of four children. Her parents were William Edward Keller and Katherine Laura Lierman. She was born on Oct. 22, 1917, in Odessa, Mo. She took over several household responsibilities at a young age when her mother passed away. As a teenager, she was busy caring for her father and siblings while also working to help provide for their needs.
She married Robert "Bob" Charles Lynn on July 27, 1935, in Hardin, Mo. They moved to Southern California so Bob could pursue employment opportunities. They later moved to Williams, Calif., where they enjoyed a full life with their three children, Bob as a rice grower and Opal as wife, mother and homemaker.
In 1955 they moved to Klamath Falls, where they purchased a ranch and Bob continued his occupation as a farmer/rancher.
Opal was the ultimate homemaker. Their home was often full with family and friends. She loved to cook, bake and prepare wonderful meals on a daily basis. Those who knew her will always remember her love of cooking and the very special meals she prepared for anyone who was in her home. Opal often treated friends and family with her fabulous candies and baked goods.
Following Bob's retirement, they moved to the Williamson River Resort. They enjoyed wonderful social times, fishing and potlucks with friends. Family members often joined them to visit and learn how to catch the big fish. Bob caught and Opal cooked for others. Bob, her husband of 52 years, passed away on March 30, 1988. Opal chose to move to Klamath Falls following his death and lived there the past 24 years in the same apartment, making friends with her neighbors and reconnecting with friends in town. She volunteered for several years at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center.
She was loved by all who knew her and was an individual of strong character. She was always thinking of others and doing anything to help, this often involving cooking and sharing food with her friends, neighbors and family. Opal was the last of her generation for the Lynn family and all the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews saw her as a role model and an inspiration.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Chuck and Ann Lynn; daughter-in-law Lia Lynn; grandchildren and spouses Tracy and John Wanderscheid, Trent and Jutta Lynn, Jim and Linda Irvin, Lynn Hough, Dottie and Michael Rittman, Carol and Scott Mills, Bobby Irvin, Kimberly Lynn and Shauna Lynn; great-grandchildren Nicholas and Ryan Wanderscheid, Dan and Stacy Irvin, Ryan and Viviana Hough, Zach Hough, Katrina and Megan Rittman, Sarah and Tim Modesto, Terrance Mills and Thomas Pope. She was able to meet and enjoy her first great-great grandchild Rylan Hough this past month. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well as special friends Barbara Pittenger and June Sandusky.
She was preceded in death by her parents William Edward and Katherine (Lierman) Keller and her siblings Howard Keller, Pearl Hoegerman and Naomi Keller. She was also preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law Doris and Jim Irvin, son Don Lynn, grandson-in-law Jim Hough, grandson Robert Pope, and her husband Bob Lynn.
Services will be 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Klamath Tribute Center with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Eternal Hills Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.