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William Phillip Opp

Opp, William Phillip William was born on June 22, 1949. He passed away on January 15, 2018. Son of Kenneth F. Opp and Irene A. Opp; brother to Susan Opp, Kenneth Opp and Linda Opp, who all preceded him in death, along with his beloved Samoyeds Misty, Crystal and Holly. Bill graduated from Harvey H. Lowrey High School in 1967, where he lettered in football and basketball. He earned his Bachelor degree in history from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and came to enjoy the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula and the Lake Superior shoreline. He worked for many years for Olson Cement, installing driveways and porches throughout the Detroit Metro area. Bill was a valued friend to many, with a generous heart and great sense of humor. He was a devoted and longtime follower of the Detroit Red Wings and the Green Bay Packers, and a lifelong fan of the music of the Moody Blues. Bill is survived by his nephew, Steven K. Opp, his niece, Lynda Minger, and special friends, Carol Kivi and Carol Pasut. At his request there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. His wit and wisdom will be missed. Arrangements handled by Hackett-Metcalf Funeral Home.

Published in Heritage Newspapers on Jan. 21, 2018

From 1997 reunion brochure Bill wrote:

I graduated from college with the idea of becoming a teacher, only to find that I don’t like being indoors and don’t get along all that well with teenagers. So, now I’m a construction foreman, which means I get dirtier than anyone else but I have a title. I never got married because no sane woman can stand to be around me for any length of time. The dog tolerates me because she is an idiot, and I keep the gate locked so she can’t leave. I considered suing Lowrey High and District #77 for failing to teach me the proper social skills, but my lawyer (and our class president) reminded me that I was damned lucky they were able to housebreak me and teach me to eat with utensils. I can still remember how proud my parents were at graduation. SIGH!”


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01/21/18 02:13 PM #1    

Karen Sudut (Anderson)

I was so sad to read of Bill's passing. I saw him many years ago at Oakwood Hospital when my Mother was in the ICU. He was so kind and so thoughtful and caring, just as he was in High School. My heart goes out to his family. I know they will miss him very much. 

01/22/18 01:03 PM #2    

Maurice (Moe) Miller


Sorry to hear of Bill's passing.  Bill had a quick and smart wit and was generous to a fault.  Learned basketball as he was growing at a rapid rate and worked hard to better his skills.  I enjoyed playing b-ball with him and enjoyed his friendship.

Moe Miller

01/22/18 04:28 PM #3    

Jon Thostenson

Bill you were a good kind man! Not everyone has that for a legacy! Rest in peace .Jon Thostenson

01/22/18 06:11 PM #4    

Linda Caldwell (Johnson)

So sorry to hear about Bill's passing.  He was a good friend; always teasing me.  Prayers to his family.  Rest in Peace dear friend.

01/22/18 06:29 PM #5    

Chuck Fox

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing.I saw Bill about 20 some years after high school and you would have thought it was 20 days. A friendly handshake and a big smile just the way i always remembered Bill. Teammates in basketball and friends in life  is how i will remember this gentle giant. GOD BLESS YOU!

01/22/18 09:08 PM #6    

Diane Baxter (Osborn)

Saddened to read about Bill's passing. He was always such a kind classmate. I remember him going up for the lay up or at the foul line on our high school basketball court!  Be at peace now Bill.  Condolences to those who are missing him . He Mattered to the class of '67 πŸ’™πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜’

01/23/18 07:34 AM #7    

Johanna Miliunas (Phillips)

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was always cheerful and fun at school. R.I.P. Bill

01/23/18 04:36 PM #8    

Diane Croskey (Sekely)

So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, he was a a very kind person and will be missed. May you Rest In Peace Dear Friend.

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