Robert D. Opolka
TAYLORVILLE - Robert D. Opolka, 87, of Taylorville, passed away February 8, 2013, at 6:54 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. He was born November 24, 1925, in Wamac, IL, the son of Joseph Victor and Mamie Lucille Thrilkill Opolka. He married Marjorie Deatherage on July 1, 1950, in Waverly, IL. She preceded him in death on February 29, 2000.
He was a coal miner for Peabody Coal Company as a brick layer, repairman, and electrician.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a cook aboard the cargo ship USS Achernar during the invasion at Omaha Beach and later at the invasion of Okinawa. He was an avid fisherman and was an instrumental volunteer in the silt dam and fish nursery projects at Lake Taylorville, for which he was honored by Mayor Dick Adams with a Key to the City. He was a member of Taylorville Christian Church, VFW Post 4495, and past board member of Boyd Dappert Youth Reserve.
He is survived by his son, Robert Joseph (Debbie) Opolka of Bremerton, WA; daughter, Gail (Ricky) Hoffman of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, Chris Opolka, Karen (Shawn) Lee, Eric Hoffman and Jody (Rob) Burtnett; great-grand-children, Jordan Fields, Marissa Lee and James Burtnett; brothers, Joseph Opolka of Bessmer, AL, and James Opolka of Azle, TX; girlfriend, Patricia Phillips, and family of Taylorville, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Jeff Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in East Cemetery, Waverly, IL, at a later date. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 14, 2013, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.
Memorials may be made to Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 N Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568 or VFW Post #4495, 515 W. Ave., Taylorville, IL 62568 or Taylorville Public Schools Foundation, 512 W. Spresser St., Taylorville, IL 62568
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Sign on-line guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com.