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Ralph Joseph Opre

Ralph Joseph Opre of Camp Verde, Az passed away on Febuary 28, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1928, R J, as he prefered to be called, spent just the first seventeen years of his life there. After graduating Brooklyn Technical High School, he joined the US Navy for two years.  Later, after earning his degree at the University of Kentucky, he found himself serving another two years on active duty in the Army Reserve during the Korean Conflict. A thirty three year career as an engineer with General Motors followed, mainly spent refining next year's Buicks. In his free time, he enjoyed playing drums and string bass, mostly in jazz groups. Flying was another interest; he flew his Cesna all over the U.S and Canada.  His beloved wife, Denise, predeceased him.  He is survived by his two sons, Dan and Brian, and grandson Patrick. Condolences may be conveyed through our website at www.buelerfuneralhome.com

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Chuck and Liz Stark on Monday, March 06, 2017 4:34 PM
It is with sadness that we learned of RJ's passing. RJ was a wonderful neighbor and over the past few years he has been part of our Thursday evening dinner group. A fine musician and a great joke teller. Rather low key so we needed to pay attention to the quality of his humor. He loved his glass of wine. Our condolences to his sons and families. We were lucky to have known RJ. May he rest in peace.
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Trish on Friday, April 14, 2017 5:10 PM
He was blessed to have wonderful neighbors. Thank you for the kind words about RJ. We will miss him dearly.

Ron and Jan Kreienkamp on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:43 AM
Our condolences to your family. Not only is it a great loss for you but it is for his friends as well. We will miss him, his good sense of humor, and his always ready smile.
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Bob & Ann Allen on Monday, March 13, 2017 10:21 AM
Ralph Opre was a fine gentleman. I worked for him on many projects at GM Desert Proving Grounds. He will be greatly missed. We send condolences to his family. With Deepest Sympathy, Bob Allen
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