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Edward Opperud

1938 - 2006


Bruce Opperud

1962 - 2011


Edward C. Opperud, 68, of Watertown, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Albano/Rome, Italy, of an apparent heart attack.


Ed was born on Jan. 16, 1938, in Milwaukee, the son of Arthur and Isabel (Krueger) Opperud. He was a 1956 graduate of Watertown High School and a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering.


Ed served in the United States Army in Germany and later married Marianne Haase on July 21, 1962, in Beaver Dam. Ed worked at Brandt Inc. and then DeLaRue Cash Systems from 1979 to 2003. He was hired on Jan. 22, 1979, as manager of manufacturing engineering; plant manager Nov. 1, 1980; director of manufacturing July 1, 1985; director of operations Jan. 1, 1986; general manager Jan. 1, 1988; vice president of manufacturing March 29, 1988; vice president of operations June 1, 1993; executive vice president May 27, 1994; president Sept. 8, 1998, and retired on Jan. 16, 2000.


Ed was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. He was a very committed member of the church and was also past president of the Watertown Rotary Club. He was currently a member of the Watertown Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Dodge Jefferson Healthier Community Partnership Board, Watertown Promotive Corp. Board and a former member of the Watertown Chamber Board of Directors.


In his free time, he loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife, Marianne Opperud of Watertown; a son, Bruce Opperud of Milwaukee; a daughter, Chris (Allen) Tessmann of Plover; three grandchildren, David, Daniel and Ryan; two sisters, Judy (Roger) Guenther and Nancy (Paul) Lauth, both of Beaver Dam. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Memorials, if desired, may be directed to the charity of one's choice.


Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown with the Rev. Father Thomas Marr officiating. Burial with military rites will be conducted by the Watertown City Veterans Council in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.


The Pederson Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family.


Bruce Opperud

1962 - 2011

Watertown Daily Times, 07 19 2011


Bruce E. Opperud, 48, of Watertown, passed away peacefully at home in Milwaukee surrounded by family after a 2 1/2-year battle with cancer on Sunday, July 17, 2011.He fought with grace and courage.


Bruce was born on July 25, 1962, to Edward and Marianne (Haase) Opperud in Beaver Dam.He was a 1981 graduate of Watertown High School and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in political science and criminal justice.Bruce worked as a steel fabricator with Bradley Corp. in Milwaukee for 15 years.


He loved animals, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Survivors include his mother, Marianne Opperud of Watertown; a sister, Chris (Allen) Tessmann of Plover; three nephews, David, Daniel and Ryan; and a special friend, Carol Feigleson of Myanmar, Asia.He is also survived by cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his father.


Memorials to the American Cancer Society or the charity of oneís choice would be appreciated.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Bernardís Catholic Church with Father Jorge Miramontes officiating.Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.


Pederson Funeral Home, 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown




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