Arvid Leonard Oppedal

Arvid Leonard Oppedal

BORN: October 29, 1918, in Story County, Iowa

DIED: May 21, 1992, in Ames, Story County, Iowa

AGED: 73 years, 6 months, 22 days

BURIED: Ames Municipal Cemetery, Ames, Story County, Iowa


FATHER: Torkel Oppedal, born in Norway



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MARRIAGE: to Mamie Amanda Larson on June 26, 1950, in Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa



Arvid Leonard Oppedal was born on a farm in Hamilton County on October 29, 1918. He was the third child born to Torkel and Hannah Oppedal. He spent much of his early life on the farm, but in the late 1940s he was working in Ames. There, he met a lady named Mamie Amanda Larson. They fell in love and got married on June 26, 1950, in Nashua, Iowa.

Leonard worked all his life as a carpenter. He built several homes in Ames. He and Mamie lived in Anchorage, Alaska, during the 1960s, where he worked out in the Aleutian Islands for extended periods of time.

Leonard was a large man; he was over six feet in height and probably weighed over 200 pounds. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Leonard had a warm smile and a disposition to match it. I never heard him make disparaging remarks about anyone. He was always ready to help others whenever needed. He was a gentle man as well as a gentleman. Leonard passed away on May 21, 1992, in Ames, Iowa.

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