Francis L. Ophaug passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 2 at his rural home in Larimore, North Dakota at the age of 80.

Francis was born to Arthur and Ruth (Anderson) Ophaug on April 30, 1941 in McVille, North Dakota. After graduating from McVille High School (1959), he attended NDSU. Francis was drafted into the US Army in 1963. He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. Upon his return, he attended flight school and became a licensed commercial pilot.

Among his favorite interests and hobbies were the breeding and showing of Arabian horses, downhill skiing, woodworking, and collecting antiques.

For the past 33 years Francis has owned and operated Arvilla Bookkeeping and Tax Services.

Francis has been a member of the American Legion for over 50 years. He was a member of the Emerado-Arvilla Lions Club and was honored to receive the Melvin Jones Award.

Francis married Grace (Larson) on January 14, 1978 and is survived by Grace, their son, Brandon Ophaug, and their daughters, Abby (Steve) Johnson and Karla (Gregory) Messner. He is also survived by his grandsons Cody (Brittany) Johnson, Brock (Calah) Messner, Brent Messner and Bryce (Taylor) Messner as well as four great-grandchildren, Vivian, Adalai, Norah and Macklan Messner. He also leaves to mourn Norma Ophaug, sister-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Roger, and his sister-in-law, Annette, his brother, Darrel, and his granddaughter, Allie Johnson.

SERVICES for Francis will be held on Monday, February 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Larimore. Visits will take place one hour before the service. Military honors will be provided by the Ted Valerius Post 97 of the Larimore American Legion and the North Dakota Army Honor Guard.

Francis was an avid Bison fan and Teammaker. Feel free to wear your Bison clothes to the service.

Interment will take place at a later date at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota.


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