Dave and Patricia Opperman – Farming now, Germany Later.

Dave and Patricia Opperman are a hardworking couple from Wadena, IA – about 60 miles out from our Hazel Green location. They took some time out of their hectic and always busy farm life to pick up a vehicle and do a little interview with me.

How did you end up coming to Runde’s?
I was on AutoTrader.com and found a nice ’03 Silverado that looked good and decided to give it a try. I came to Runde’s and talked with Al and ended up buying it.

On a scale of 1-10, what would you rate your experience here?
Oh a 10, I loved the place there were no problems.

How was Al Kloft, your salesman?
He’s a very interesting guy, very good.

What do you like to do around the area?
I just farm, it’s about all I do. I used to hunt but I don’t much do that anymore.

No movies or anything?
Not much anymore. Most of the new movies I haven’t seen and I don’t recognize any of the celebrities that you see on magazines and T.V. Most of the celebrities that I knew are mostly all deceased or dying.

Patricia: Yea, we don’t watch a lot of movies but we did take the grand-kids to one a week ago, Yogi Bear, I thought it was a cute movie.

How many kids do you have?
We have four kids… and how many grand-kids… 11 grandkids.

Who’s the Chef in the house?
Patricia: I am.

Dave, what’s your favorite dish she makes?
I like her hot beef sandwiches.

How long have you two been married?
A little over forty years now.

Do you remember the first date?
I remember meeting her and I was really nervous and scared… that was a long, long time ago.

Are all of your kids grown up and out of the house now?
Yep, all married and moved out.

If you were to win the lottery what would you do with the money?
First half of it would go to charity. Then I’d pay off the taxes and bills. And maybe do something I’d like to do with the rest.

If you would go any one spot in the world where would you go?
Dave – I’d go back to Germany – I was jet-lagged when we got there for the first day and we didn’t get to stay very long the first time. We flew into Frankfurt and we were only 14 clicks from the old German border so we went there and I finally got to see how they would fence off the border. For the longest time I could never quite comprehend how they prevented anybody from getting through the border. But they have guard towers with snipers and lots of lights everywhere so It’d be pretty risky to try to cross.
 

Patricia – I’d go to Hawaii (Dave chimes in) but she won’t fly so we can’t go. I definitely wouldn’t mind going there either, though.

Don’t care for planes too much?
Patricia – I don’t trust them.

Dave – I’d like to go back and see a little more of Germany though, my ancestors came out of there in the 1680’s – some of the first ones to come over here. They came out of Bremen which is north-west Germany and they migrated here where most of them ended up in the Cedar Rapids Area.

What invention would you say is the best?
I’d probably say all the medial inventions they came up with over the years are the most important.

That’s all the questions I had for you guys. Thank you for sharing a bit of your lives with us today. Enjoy your new Silverado!

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