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Thornton W. Opperman

July 17, 1923 - May 13, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: May 19, 2017

Thornton W. Opperman, 93, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, born Tuesday, July 17, 1923, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away in his home on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Thornton grew up in East St. Louis and served honorably in the U.S. Army 1st Division in WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and was wounded in Caumont, France on June 15, 1944, taking him out of the war. He was a purple heart recipient. Thornton then made a career in the transportation industry, working as a Traffic Manager for Wayne Feed.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: William H. and Anna P., nee Kull, Opperman
  • Brothers
    • Charles Opperman
    • William Opperman, Jr.
    • Robert Opperman
  • Sister: Constance Johnson

Surviving are his:

  • Loving Wife of 67 years: W. Dolores, nee Kress, Opperman of Fairview Heights, IL
  • Daughter: Caryn (Michael) Grippe of Princeville, HI
  • Sons
    • Scott A. Opperman of Belleville, IL
    • Todd (Jennifer) Opperman of Olathe, KS
  • Brother: Lawrence Opperman of AK
  • Sister: Pauline Opperman of Belleville, IL
  • 6 Grandchildren
    • Jennifer (Dean) Parkinson
    • Christopher (Brittany) Opperman
    • Daniel Opperman
    • Hannah Opperman
    • Nathan Opperman
    • David Opperman
  • 5 Great-Grandchildren

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am , May 19, 2017 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating.  Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois.