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Dale Opelt

January 16, 1936 — April 7, 2024

A livestream of Dale's Memorial Service can be viewed in the box below this obituary beginning at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

Dale Opelt, age 88, of Neillsville, WI, died Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the Wells Nature View Assisted Living Facility in Marshfield, WI.

Dale Louis Opelt was born on January 16, 1936, in Neillsville, WI, the son of Carl and Permilla "Millie" (Mack) Opelt. He was united in marriage to Betty L. Gates on September 22, 1956, in Neillsville. Dale farmed for many years in the Town of Levis, and also worked for the family business, Opelt Sand & Gravel, until his retirement. Betty died March 23, 2023, and Dale moved to Marshfield in January of this year.

Dale was a member of the United Church of Christ, the Neillsville Men's Club, and the Neillsville Lion's Club. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, smelt fishing, spending time "Up North" with the family, traveling with friends, snowmobiling, hunting trips out west, and gatherings at Opelt's cabin during hunting season.

He is survived by six children, Rick (Martha) Opelt of Mankato, MN, Linda (John) Stalsberg of Neillsville, WI, Brenda (Duane) Boon of Greenwood, WI, Carla (Mickey) Marty of Neillsville, WI, Roberta (Robert) Gaier of Neillsville, WI, and Lisa Opelt of Three Lakes, WI, 17 Grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, a brother, Donnie Opelt of Greenwood, WI, two sisters, Evelyn Schutte and Jennie (Ben) Urlaub both of Neillsville, WI, and sisters-in-law, Janice Opelt, Mary Opelt and Terrie Opelt all of Neillsville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, his parents, Carl and Millie Opelt, and siblings, Robert (Dorothy) Opelt, Arnold (Delores) Opelt, Rudolph Opelt, Kenny (Ruth) Opelt, Bernie (Hanna) Opelt, William Opelt, Dorothy "Dottie" Gutenburger and Gordon "Butch" Opelt.

A Memorial Service for Dale will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the United Church of Christ. Pastor Sue Vornholt will officiate. Interment will be in the Town of Levis Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at the United Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers please either go to and plant a tree for Dale or a donation in Dale's name to Opelt Park. To do that please make a check payable to Neillsville Improvement Corporation - Opelt Park, 508 Hewett Street, Neillsville, WI 54456.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Dale's family with Funeral arrangements.

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