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GOPLERUD, John B. 1946-2023


Posted By: Karen Feldt Robertson (email)
Date: 5/10/2024 at 10:54:01

John Brian Goplerud, 77, of Park Rapids, Minnesota, was led home by his late son and loved ones on May 3, 2023, after a lifetime of health issues. John was born on February 3, 1946 to Kenneth and Marian Goplerud of Saint Ansgar, Iowa. Later adopted by Betty Goplerud after the passing of his mother.

As he has always had a love for sports, in school John ran track and played baseball and basketball. During his school years he met his wife, Sharon (Johnson) Goplerud. They wed on December 5, 1964. They had 2 children, Mary ad Christopher. After farming for 5 years, they later moved to Park Rapids, MN in March of 1970 after the purchase of Bayside Resort on Potato Lake. They then went on to buy an apartment complex in town and later moved to their current home in the country. He continued to further his jack of many trades into selling Real Estate and insurance. John had many passions, a few including trapping (Trapper John), fishing, hunting, antiquing, and always a good find at the flea market or a Jokela auction.

John enjoyed the camaraderie of being a part of many groups that he felt passion for. Notably The National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, The North American Trap Collectors Association, and most importantly, Calvary Lutheran Church. John's faith is what allowed him to continue his passions and fight for life.

John was loved by many, including his wife; Sharon Goplerud of Park Rapids, two children: Mary (Darwin) McKeen of Minnetonka, MN and the late Christopher (Dee) Goplerud of Park Rapids, MN. His siblings; Linda (Jack) Steiert, David (Judy) Goplerud , John (Phijitra) Schorr, His four grandchildren; Cara McKeen (BJ Ham) of Iowa City, Iowa, Christopher Goplerud (Nicole) of Moorhead, MN; Kyle Goplerud of Fargo, ND; Brittney McKeen of St. Louis Park, MN. His great grandchildren; Easton John Goplerud and Greyson Christopher Goplerud.

He was greeted in death by his parents, Kenneth and Marian Goplerud and Betty Goplerud; his son: Christopher Goplerud; his brother; Michael Schorr, his in-laws, Emil and Lillian Johnson; his nephew; Mark Steirt, and special family, friend Georgia Girardot.

Date of Birth February 3, 1946
Date of Death May 3, 2023
Funeral May 15,2023 Calvary Lutheran Church Park Rapids, MN
Burial First Lutheran Cemetery, St. Ansgar, Iowa


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