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Richard L. Oplinger Richard L. Oplinger

Richard L. Oplinger

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Fellowship Community

Richard L. Oplinger, 90, of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, formerly of Lower Macungie Township, died Jan. 27, 2020. He was the husband of Marie (Mazziotta) Oplinger.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Martin K. and Leoda (Mohry) Oplinger.

He was a graduate of Allentown High School and Penn State University Extension with a certificate in accounting.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was an accountant at Genesco Inc., Allentown, for 23 years, retiring in 1989. Earlier, he was a bookkeeper at both L.M. Rabenold and Sons for five years and Amandus Albright and Sons for 15 years.

He was a past president and 50-year member of Travelers Protective Association Post Z; a past president and general secretary of the North End Republican Club; a 50-plus-year member, past state counselor and treasurer of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics; a member and past treasurer of the home association at American Legion Post 29; a 32nd degree Mason at Jordan Martin Lodge 673; and a member of the Valley of Allentown Lehigh Consistory.

He was a member of Christ Evangelical Congregational Church, Allentown, where he was a chief usher for 30 years and held many volunteer positions.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Brian L. and his wife Philomena of Allentown, Dale R. and his wife Fran of Walnutport and Gary W. and his wife Jane of Nazareth; a sister, Shirley A. Eck of Trexlertown; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Michael Eck.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the church, 2135 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, 18104.

Arrangements were made by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.