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In Memoriam -- Steve Oppermann - April 25, 1947 - December 22, 2013
About Steve Oppermann

It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to my dear friend and colleague Steve Opperman. My friendship with Steve goes way back to about 1978 when we both worked in HR jobs with different Federal agencies in Denver. His reputation as one of best HR practitioners was widespread in the Federal community. When he retired from the Federal government in 1997, I was quick to ask him to work with me as a trainer in my company. Steve and his wife, Lynda, helped me celebrate many holidays and birthdays.

My husband, Ed Corcoran and I, along with Ed’s two sisters—Jean Christiansen and Ursula Habacker—joined Steve & Lynda and our colleague John Jones and his wife Shirley on a transatlantic cruise November 1-16, 2013. What a wonderful trip to relax and enjoy our friendship. Steve had been battling cancer for the last year and this cruise was on his bucket list. He passed away five weeks later.


Seated: Lynda & Steve Oppermann, John & Shirley Jones
Standing: Jean Christiansen, Ed Corcoran, Carrolle Rushford, Ursula Habacker

 


Lynda & Steve Oppermann

 

The following was shared with friends and family at Steve’s memorial service in Denver January 2, 2013.

Stephen Mathew (Steve) Oppermann, 66, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away Dec. 22 at Porter Hospice Residence with his family by his side.

Steve was born to Lynn and John Oppermann on April 25, 1947, in New York, where he was raised until he was 7, when the family moved West to Colorado Springs. Steve met his wife Lynda Minter in Colorado Springs, where they were married in 1968.

Steve and Lynda spent 45 years together, enjoying all the world offered, traveling throughout the country, visiting many national parks (before retiring from the National Park Service as Chief of Personnel Operations in 1997), taking annual treks with friends and family to Hawaii and Monterey, California; accompanying their grandson Zach to his hockey tournaments in Philadelphia and St. Louis; and sailing the open seas with good friends on more than a dozen cruises.

In 1993, while with the NPS, Steve won a Congressional Fellowship sponsored by the American Political Science Association. He and Lynda moved to Washington, DC for a year while Steve served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, and helped draft over flight legislation to protect wildlife in the national parks. After he retired, Steve went right back to work as a human resources consultant with Rushford & Associates and others, providing training to federal and state agencies, work he was able to continue until retiring for good Nov. 29.

 

Steve played touch football every Sunday during the season with the same group for nearly 30 years at Mamie D. Eisenhower Park in Denver. He played tennis (to exhaustion). He skied (too fast). He read (voraciously). He wrote (eloquently). He ran the Bolder Boulder, Cherry Creek Sneak, and countless other 5k and 10k races. He enjoyed going to movies and having dinner out with friends and family. He loved to laugh and make others laugh.

Steve was blessed with wonderful friends, all of whom loved and admired his kind spirit, gentle ways, sharp wit, advocacy for a good cause, justice and honor, infectious sense of humor and positive attitude.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife, Lynda of Denver; daughter Kris Stern (Jon) and grandson Zach of Greenwood Village; brother Rick (Char) Oppermann of Allenspark; and nephew Johnathon Oppermann of Allenspark.




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