Opal Terveen


March 18, 1925 - November 6, 2020


Opal Terveen, 95, of Emery, SD, died Friday, November 6, 2020 at her home under hospice care.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM Friday, November 20, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Emery. Burial will be in Emery Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, November 19 at the Church. The family requests that masks are worn at the funeral services. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: http://www.fbcemery.org/

Opal Edna Terveen was born on March 18, 1925 in Hanson County, South Dakota to Harvey Adkins and Stella (Stanton) Adkins. She attended Hanson #3 country school and Alexandria High School, where she was a talented athlete and runner. In her teens, she worked for several families who needed assistance with cooking, cleaning, or in-home care. After graduating in 1943, she went to business school in Huron, SD. Opal returned to Alexandria to work at the drug store and met the love of her life, Allen Terveen, in her hometown. They were married at Allen's family farm on June 17, 1945 near Emery, SD. They resided 1 mile west of this family farm where they raised 4 children: Lawrence (Larry), David, Daryl, and Lorna.

Opal and Allen worked side by side on the farm for 62 years raising cows, pigs, sheep, mink, and garden produce through the years until they retired and moved into Emery, SD, in 2007. Two of their grandsons started the original location of A1 Al's Pheasant Lodge on the "home place." This place has now been passed on to another grandson who is continuing the farming legacy. Many happy memories with family and friends were made on the farm.

Opal was a member of the First Baptist Church of Emery where she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 22 years old. She was baptized in Lake Hanson on July 27, 1947. She remained a member there until her death. She served her Lord willingly in various positions in the church: Sunday school teacher, Dorcas Girls, CBY and Pioneer Girls leader and AWANA director (which she helped to start and worked in for many years). She also held various offices in the King's Daughters & WMF Women's groups. She was a much-loved friend, always willing to lend a hand or make a meal for a neighbor or friends in need. Allen and Opal's home was always open to friends, family, and anyone who tagged along with their children or grandchildren to visit. She was truly a gracious hostess and the best cook and baker. Her potato salad, chocolate cake, and peppernuts at Christmas were favorites of family and friends. Her greatest joy was watching her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren grow up in the lord. She was a faithful attender of almost every activity in which they participated.

Opal entered the Diamond Care Center in 2019 but was able to return home in June of 2020 to celebrate 75 years of marriage with her sweetheart, Allen. She passed away to her heavenly-home on Nov. 6, 2020, at the age of 95 years with her family surrounding her in her home.

Blessed beyond measure for having shared her life is her husband, Allen; children: David (Lynn) Terveen, Daryl (Deanna) Terveen all of Emery, SD, Lorna (Dennis) Decker of Parkston, SD; daughter-in-law Karen, (Steve) Klooster of Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren: Brady (Beth) Terveen, Lee (Cali) Terveen, Todd (Heather) Terveen, Jeff Terveen, Katie Terveen, Kelsey (Daniel) Leyendekker, Josh (Cari) Terveen, Ryan (Kristi) Decker, Chad (Lauren) Decker, and Alex (Suzi) Decker; three step-grandchildren: Jill (Kendall) Johnke, John (Onna) Klooster, and Julie Beaner; 23 great-grandchildren: Morgan, Rylee, Brooklyn, Bryn, Bradyn, Brielle, Hazel, Knox, Jett. Lydia, Meredith, Daphne, Genevieve, Britta, Emma, Eloise, Bennett, Cate, Lucy, Rose, Elly, Isaac, and Jace; 11 step-great grandchildren: Gage, Caleb, Marissa, Tyler, Lyric, Noa, Hadley, Rylan, Harper, Bridger, and Aspen; as well as many nieces and nephews and precious family friends.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws; son, Larry, in 1985; brothers, Lawrence, Robert, and Harold Adkins; two brothers-in-law, Harvey and Lowell Terveen; four sisters-in-laws, Louise and Averyl Terveen, and Donna and Janet Adkins.



Thursday, November 19, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Baptist Church
630 1st Ave
Emery, SD 57332


Friday, November 20, 2020
10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
630 1st Ave
Emery, SD 57332

Live-stream: fbcemery.org


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, SD

Posted by Janelle Hiatt on November 22, 2020
I was so thankful to be able to watch your Opals memorial service Ia livestream. She was such a special person in my life as a young pastor’s wife. I have such precious memories of the times we spent together. I consider her one of my spiritual mothers. Our sympathies to you as a family and prayers for peace as you walk through these days.
Posted by Sharen Youngren Rose on November 20, 2020
Thank you First Baptist Church, Emery for live-streaming this service and having it available on YouTube to see again. To be able to be a part of the service, via live stream and then via YouTube, was so very meaningful, for my mother, Bernice Johnson Youngren, Alan's first cousin, watching from her apartment in Hopkins, MN. She remembered wonderful times together at Terveen Family Reunions. Opal was never an in-law cousin! My brother in San Diego and I, in Ann Arbor, MI, appreciated the very clear testimony of God's goodness and the significance of His Word. Such a beautiful service. What a day of rejoicing it will be, when we all see Jesus. What a day, glorious day that will be! Wonderful to hear great-grandchildren singing! Wondering who the grandson is who spoke. In 2020, Alan, Bernice and Joyce Johnson Klock are the surviving Terveen cousins,
Posted by Gloria Biermann on November 18, 2020
I loved Opal a whole lot. Opal and Allen provided me with many good memories from my childhood and beyond that will never be forgotten. I know the family will miss her terribly. Sending our
family's sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family. The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been and memories made along the way.
heartfelt sympathy to all her family.
Posted by Randy Tschetter on November 16, 2020
Sorry for your loss but grateful for her many years of service and blessing to God and her many friends and family! Opal was one of my mom's best friends and she and Allen were faithful friends to both my mom and dad. What a blessing she was / they were! Thanks and God bless!
Posted by Marcia Klock on November 15, 2020
So sorry to hear of Opal's passing but what assurance she is with Jesus now. Many good memories when we were kids and she and Allen were good about visiting Mom during her time in nursing home which was much appreciated.
Posted by Ron & Lisa Roskens on November 14, 2020
Opal loved her family and her family loved her! What a legacy she leaves. She loved life and served her Lord with a servants heart. She will be missed but we know she is in her heavenly home. So thankful for this wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend who was a part of our life. 💞
Posted by Christi Linn on November 14, 2020
Our Deepest Sympathies, Opal was such an amazing and kind lady, I feel very blessed to have met her. I know she will be very missed. Prayers and Hugs
Posted by Eric and Melissa Botley on November 14, 2020
Allen and Opal had such sweet disposition and a beautiful legacy!!!! I’m sorry to hear of her passing, but know that she lived a full life surrounded by people she loved. What more could you ask for?
Posted by Laurie Adkins on November 14, 2020
My Aunt Opal was quite the spit fire & beautiful gracious soul!
The many summers I was a true part of this family, spending time on the farm outside Emery are memories I will cherish!!
Thank you for your love & lessons learned over the years!!
You will be missed but you & your memories in our hearts will live forever!! 💖🥰
Posted by Lynnette and James Lane and family on November 13, 2020
Opal was always such a joy to be around. She was a second mom to me in my younger years and continued to treat me and my family as her own family. She lived well and loved well. She will be missed by all
Posted by Glenda (Schrader) Hansen on November 13, 2020
I remember your Mom taking us Dorcas Girls to see the seminary in Sioux Falls and for a stop at Lewis Drug. That was a memorable trip for this girl who hardly ever got to Sioux Falls. She served the Lord so well and surely her reward will be great!
Posted by Milton and Lovella Schrader on November 12, 2020
May her memories comfort and give you peace. We extend our sympathy to Opal's families and are keeping you in our prayers
Posted by Dr Janell Christiansen on November 10, 2020
I was sorry to hear of Opal's passing. Allen and she lived an amazing long life together and were very independent and active. Cherish all the special memories. My prayers and sympathy in the loss of your special loved one. Janell
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