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Charles Alden Opsahl

May 12, 1942 — May 20, 2023


Charles Opsahl, 81, of Underwood, Minnesota died Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Essentia Hospital, Fargo, North Dakota.

Charles Alden Opsahl was born May 12, 1942 to Arnold and Eleanor (Onsum) Opsahl.  He grew up with his parents and siblings on farms around the Pelican Rapids, Erhard and Rothsay areas.  He graduated from Rothsay High School in 1960.

After high school, Charlie worked briefly in the Cities, but was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War in 1964.  He served his time as an assistant chaplin, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.  This position, he said, deepened his faith.  He was discharged in 1966, after which he spent time working on the neighboring Ouse farm.  Charlie had many fond memories of working on the farm, as it was something he greatly enjoyed.

Charlie met his wife of 40 years, Doris Hagen, on a blind date set up by his cousin and her friend.  They dated about 2 years and then were married on November 18, 1972, in Fergus Falls.  They started their life together in a little home in Moorhead.  In 1974, they moved to Fergus Falls, where they welcomed their two daughters, Beth in 1975, and Heidi in 1977.  Charlie and Doris moved to a small farm near Underwood in 1981, where he farmed for a time.  They were blessed with a son, Mark, in 1986.

Charlie worked for the US Postal Service for nearly 40 years, before retiring in 2007.  He held many positions in his time with the Post Office, from mail sorting to driver training to working at the customer service window.  Many enjoyed his always smiling face at the Fergus Falls Post Office window.

After retiring, Charlie and Doris liked to take little drives around the area, whether to craft shows or just to go for a drive.

Charlie loved time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Hailey and Luke Voeller and Ella Opsahl.  He took pride in his lawn and garden, and what ever project around the farm he was tinkering with.  Charlie also enjoyed feeding the local birds, and unfortunately many a squirrel, raccoon and deer.

Charlie will be greatly missed by his children: Beth Opsahl of Underwood; Heidi (Michael) Voeller of Rugby, North Dakota; and Mark (Danielle) Opsahl of Underwood; as well as grandchildren Hailey and Luke Voeller and Ella Opsahl. He is also survived by his mother, Eleanor Opsahl; siblings: Joyce (Andy) Norgren, Harold (Debbie) Opsahl and David (Lou Ann) Opsahl; as well as several nephews, nieces and their families.  Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Doris, father Arnold, in-laws Elmer and Mabel Hagen, brother-in-law Duane Hagen, and aunts and uncles.

Funeral Service: 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 pm, with a 6:30 pm Prayer Service, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Cemetery: Aurdal Cemetery of rural Fergus Falls.

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Fergus Falls.


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