March 3, 2014

DAVID OPHEIM MARCH 17, 1951 -- FEB. 16, 2014

DES MOINES — David Harold Opheim died peacefully in the Hospice Unit at the Des Moines VA Hospital in Des Moines on Feb. 16, 2014.

David was born in Alexandria, Minn., the second son of Lewis and Dora Opheim on March 17, 1951. He and his family moved to Princeton, Minn., in 1953 and then to Chisago City, Minn., in 1960.

David graduated from Chisago City High School in 1969 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduation. He was deployed to Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines, and remained there until 1979.

In May 1973, he married Lita Libanan. The had four children: Raquel, Bobby, David Jr. and Lewis. They later divorced but remained friends.

In 1979, Dave and his family were stationed in Pearl Harbor Naval Station in Hawaii. He trained and became a naval diver and a tug master while in Hawaii. He was discharged from the service in 1986.

David returned to the Chisago Lakes area in 1988 and lived in Taylors Falls, Minn. He spent several years working on the boats on the Great Lakes. He later did trucking work in the Chisago Lakes area.

In 2007, he moved to Oskaloosa to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He lived in Oskaloosa until his hospitalization in January 2014.

David is survived by his four children: Raquel Ramirez, Bobby (Jane) Opheim and Lewis Opheim, all of Oskaloosa, and David Opheim Jr. of Arizona. He has nine grandchildren: Jessica, Jessabelle and Ikaika Opheim, Caleb Opheim, Storm and Cailin Cristobal, RJ and Vincent Ramirez and Desiree Opheim. He is also survived by three siblings: Tim (Lynette) Opheim, Patty (Lawrence) Svien and Kris (Brad) Skog; brother-in-law Brian Gahr; and 10 nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Lew and Dora Opheim, and his sister, Debbie Gahr.

Services will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Van Meter on March 7 at 1:30 p.m. Then, join the family at the VA reception area for a light snack and coffee.

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