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Jack R. Opolka

June 25, 1930 ~ February 8, 2021 (age 90)


Jack R. Opolka,90, of Urbana passed away at 1:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2019, at Amber Glen Special Care Center in Urbana, Illinois .

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory,1900 Philo Road, Urbana. Rev. Jeff Stahl will officiate. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery Mayview A visitation will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the funeral home.

Jack was born in Urbana on June 25, 1930, to parents John and Mae Fern (Honecker) Opolka. They preceded him in death and an infant granddaughter, Renee Henning.

On June 3, 1951 Jack married Joan Willard of Urbana, his high school sweetheart, she survives. Also surviving is their daughter Jill Opolka of Westfield, Indiana, son Jeff Opolka of Urbana, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a sister Betty (Ray)Pittman of Batavia, Illinois.

Jack was a graduate of Urbana High School and was a member of the Illinois National Guard.

He worked for G. R. Grubb for fifty years and Black Hawk Designs.

Jack enjoyed playing golf with his grandson & best friend, Bill and visiting with neighbors and the neighborhood children. He also enjoyed yard work and took great pride in his yard. He rode a bicycle built for two and enjoyed giving his son, Jeff, a ride. He also helped with the restoration of the Urbana courthouse clock tower in 1976. He wound the clock weekly from 1976-2006.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 304 S Race Street, Urbana, Illinois.

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February 13, 2021

12:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Renner - Wikoff Chapel (Philo Rd, Urbana, Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign)

Funeral Service
February 13, 2021

1:30 PM
Renner - Wikoff Chapel (Philo Rd, Urbana, Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign)

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