Roger Clark Oplinger, 67, Jewell, was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior on December 25, 2016, after a courageous fight with cancer. He was born on March 23, 1949, in Beloit.
Roger graduated from Jewell High School in 1967 and Kansas State University in 1971. He was united in marriage to his love, Barbara Ann Willmeth on May 20, 1971, in Manhattan.
Roger was honored to be a member of the Kansas State University FarmHouse Chapter.
Roger’s passion for his faith, family and farming defined his mission.
Roger was greeted into Heaven by his parents, Clark and Lois Oplinger. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Jewell and Manhattan; his children, Kory Oplinger of Denver, CO, Ky Zenger (Todd) of Wamego, Kaely Jackson (Jamaal) of Minneapolis, Luke Oplinger of Jewell, and Ashley Swisher (Keir) of Bennington; his grandchildren, Carson, Dawson, Teagan, Braeden, Camron, Madex and Rowen; his siblings, Pat Zentz (Ron), Ed Oplinger (Kathy), Jim Oplinger (Phyllis) and Becky Loomis (Bill); and his in-laws, Bob and Pat Willmeth.
As a distinct visionary in the farming industry, Roger felt blessed by the Lord to farm ground in Jewell, Kiowa and Sherman Counties in partnership with his son-in-law, Todd. His classic sense of humor made those around him smile and he challenged everyone he met to think bigger. Roger was always willing to enthusiastically point out areas of improvement to officials and referees during his children’s, his grandchildren’s and Kansas State University athletic events!
Roger believed and lived by these words: “If we meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing; but if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything.”
Services were held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Burial was in Wallace Cemetery. Memorials can be given to the FarmHouse Foundation c/o Kansas State Chapter or the Trinity United Methodist Church.
Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis, handled arrangements.