Cumberland Times-News


December 24, 2011

Gordon J. “Gordy” Opel Sr.[Midlothian]

MIDLOTHIAN — Gordon “Gordy” James Opel Sr., 58, died on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Born Jan. 29, 1953, in Ohio, to the parents of the late Russell J. Opel and Charlotte Clark. He is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Shirley Opel.

Mr. Opel was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and sang in the choir for 15 years; and a member of the K of C 1442, Frostburg. He was a 1972 graduate of the Vocational Technical Center in Carpentry; formerly employed by Celanese Corp., Winner Brothers, Opel Construction, Finan Center and currently with Ritchie Trucking and Excavating.

Gordy enjoyed bowling, golf, hunting, gardening and working on vehicles and houses. He coached Little League Baseball and Pee Wee Football. He loved spending time with his grandkids.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Jean (McKnew) Opel; three sons, Gordon Opel Jr. and wife Paula, Bowling Green, Shawn Opel and wife Katrina, Lakewood, W.Va., and Christopher Opel, Grahamtown; eight grandchildren, Caleb, Riley, Noah, Carter, Dylan, Chase, Karley and Conner. Also surviving are two sisters, Joyce Thompson and husband Wayne, Burtonsville and Pam Opel, Grahamtown; several nieces and nephews; many, many good friends and his loyal companion, Smokey.

Family and friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Services will be held at St. Michaels Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Eric Gauchat O.F.M. Cap. as celebrant.

Gordy was cremated in accordance with his wishes.

Honorary pallbearers are Louis Femi, Bob Croft, Dennis Warnick, Charlie Ballases, Curt Tringler and Allen Stanton.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 44 E. Main St., Frostburg, MD 21532.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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