Opdycke, Floyd

Floyd Emerson Opdycke, 95, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 6, 2014, at his home.

He was born April 15, 1918, in Gorham Township, to the late Waldo Emerson and Ella Anna (Weber) Opdycke. He married Hutoka Alice Gerig on May 31, 1942, in West Unity, Ohio, and she survives.

Floyd was a lifelong resident and farmer in the Fayette area. In addition to his passion for farming he enjoyed hunting, fishing trips in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, mushroom hunting, crop tours, tile ditching, and frequent visits to the casino. Floyd was the last surviving member of the "Garden Club."

In addition to his wife, Floyd is survived by seven children, James Wayne Opdycke of Archbold, Ohio, Lee Waldo (and Marilyn) Opdycke of Fayette, Larry Ray Opdycke of Fairbanks, Alaska, Donald Floyd (and Joan) Opdycke of Alvordton, Ohio, Ella Marie (and Allan) Lichtenwald of Archbold, Connie Sue (and Ken) Wagner of Fayette, and Lyle Lynn "Butch" (and Linda) Opdycke of Fayette; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Floyd was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard, Dale, and Wayne Opdycke, and a grandson, Chris Opdycke.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Gorham-Fayette Fire Department or a charity of the donor's choice.