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Marvin Oppegaard

March 24, 1926-March 21, 2009

Former Detroit Lakes teacher and longtime Elbow Lake resident Marvin L. Oppegaard, 82, of Moorhead, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead.

Marvin was born to Olaf and Marie (Strand) Oppegaard on March 24, 1926, in Kathryn, N.D. He was baptized at Ringsaker Lutheran Church and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Litchville, N.D. He graduated from Litchville High School in 1945 and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, graduating in 1949 with a degree in education.

Marvin spent two years in the service of his country with the U.S. Army, and later taught school in Detroit Lakes, Kensal and Waubun. He married Marlene Scherzer on Aug. 11, 1956, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Callaway. In 1961 the couple moved to Elbow Lake, where Marvin taught school until he retired in 1988.

Marvin was a member of the United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake and was chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1967 when the congregation voted to build the new church building. Marvin was a life member of the Sister City Fellowship and recently retired from the Board of Directors. He had served as treasurer for many years.

Marvin was a three-time member of the C400 Club at Concordia College. During all his years in Elbow Lake, he was a member of the American Legion Post 321 and served as adjutant for many years. He loved his family, traveling, and seeing and visiting former students, family and friends.

In October 2008, Marvin and Marlene moved to Eventide Senior Living Communities, with Marvin in the Nursing Home and Marlene at Linden Tree Circle Apartments.

Surviving Marvin are his wife, Marlene Oppegaard of Moorhead; three sons: Mark (Heather) Oppegaard of Crosby, N.D., Dean (Jean) Oppegaard of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Scott (Yvette) Oppegaard of Moorhead; one brother, O'Neil (Janice) Oppegaard of Valley City, N.D.; a sister, Nordis Johnson of Davenport, Fla.; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great grandchild; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Wallace; sisters Myrtle Anderson, Marlene Olstad and Evelyn Justesen; and other siblings that died in early childhood.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake, with the Rev. Bob Toso officiating. Visitation will be held at the church for two hours prior to services on Thursday.

Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake is providing arrangements. Condolences may be left online at