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Joseph E. Oplt

December 10, 1943 - May 1, 2018

Service Date: May 5, 2018

Joseph E. Oplt, 74, of Belleville, Illinois, born Sunday, December 10, 1943, in Belleville, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at his residence.

Joe retired as a meatcutter from Shop ‘n Save. After retirement, he enjoyed working for the St. Louis Cardinals for over 10 years.  Joe was full of life and a friend to everyone he met whether it was at the stadium or on the golf course.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Joe and Vivian nee Mayberry, Oplt
  • Great-Grandson: Macen Petrov
  • Brother: Terry Oplt
  • Niece: Amber Tucker

Surviving are his:


  • Jodi (David) Becraft of Baraboo, WI
    • their children
      • Amanda (Strashe) Petrov
      • Joe Becraft
      • Ashley Becraft
  • Kim (Brian) Ellison of Belleville, IL
    • their children
      • Haley Ellison
      • Austin Ellison
  • Becky (Bill) Ganz of Freeburg, IL
    • their children
      • Taylor Ganz
      • Peyton Ganz
      • Logan Ganz

2 Brothers

  • Fred (Bonnie) Oplt of Fairview, Heights
  • Tom Oplt of House Springs, MO

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Cardinal’s Care.

Feel free to wear St. Louis Cardinal attire to celebrate Joe’s love of the game!

Funeral:  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 5, 2018  at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn-Waterloo, Illinois with Father James Voelker officiating.  Private family interment will be held.