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Ronald Ray Opel, Sr.

December 2, 1942 ~ November 16, 2021 (age 78)


Ronald "Ron Opel, Sr., age 78, of Footedale, PA, went to heaven to be with his beloved wife Betty, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Uniontown Hospital, with his children at his side.

He was born on December 2, 1942 in Lamberton, PA, son of the late Daniel and Carrie (Wiley) Opel.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Opel; son, Ronald "Burp" Opel; four sisters, Margaret, Mil, Bet, and Reet; five brothers, Ken, Rob, Bout, Son, and Dick.

Surviving family members to carry on his memory are his children, Cindy Metts and husband Ross, Sr., Rhonda Fisher and husband Bob, Jane Chisler and husband Robert, and Tom Opel and fiancée Jamie;

grandchildren, Ross Metts, Jr., Billy Metts and girlfriend Brittney, Jeanne Helmick and husband Tim, Rex Opel and wife Sherry, Amanda Constable and boyfriend Matt, Samantha Forsythe and husband Steve, Felicia Lehman and husband Scot, Jimmy Constable and wife Whitney, Anthony Constable, Justin Tartar and wife Missy, Beth Echols and husband Josh, and Jerry Lindsey and girlfriend Autumn;

his beloved great grandchildren, Billy, Justin, Makhi, Alex, Gage, Nevaeh, Ethen, Chelsey, Mason, Brady, Maddie, Zac, Alli, Koda, Oakley, Dalton, Abbey, Mya, Brooke, Kasen, Wayde, Jayden, Ella, Sebastian, Liam, Rosie, Kade, and Harper;

brother, Danny Opel and wife Katheen; sister, Ruth "Rue" Momeyer;

several nieces and nephews and other loving family members; his beloved dog, Chloe.

Ron was a loving husband, Father, and grandfather who loved and adored all of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his son Tom.

Ron was retired from UMWA where he worked for more than 30 years. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. In his final days, all he wanted was more time to spend with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ron lived a joyful life and will be missed deeply by his family.

A special thanks to the ICU unit at Uniontown Hospital for taking care of our father and grandfather. A special thanks to his granddaughter Jeanne for helping with his care and communicating with the doctors and the family while he was in the hospital.

Family and friends will be received at the Dearth Funeral Home, 35 South Mill Street, New Salem, PA 15468 on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 2-8 PM, and on Monday, November 22, 2021 from 10 AM until the Funeral Service at 11 AM, officiated by his son-in-law, Rev. Ross Metts, Sr.  Interment to follow in LaFayette Memorial Park.

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November 21, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dearth Funeral Home
35 South Mill St
New Salem, PA 15468

Funeral Service
November 22, 2021

11:00 AM
Dearth Funeral Home
35 South Mill St
New Salem, PA 15468

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