Stephen K. Opdyke

Stephen Keith Opdyke, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on November 30, 2020.

Steve was born March 1, 1952 to Keith and Peggy Opdyke in Raton, New Mexico.  He grew up in Salina, Kansas where he went to Salina Central High School.  Steve graduated from The University of Kansas and spent his career as a Pharmacist, retiring from CVS in 2018.  After retirement, Steve spent a great deal of his time with his wife and granddaughters.  He could also be found reading, listening to music, cooking, and traveling.  Steve was known for his generosity and donated over 5 gallons of blood to the Community Blood Center.  Steve was a friend to many and would never turn down an opportunity to go out for dinner and drinks or host a party for his neighbors and co-workers.         

Steve is survived by his wife and best friend of 40 years, Myra; daughter, Rachael Nickerson (and spouse, Jeff); son, Chris Opdyke (and spouse, Lindsey); granddaughters – Joely, Alex, and Emerson and sister Eileen Downs.

We would like to thank the staff at Research, Belton, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center as well as Phoenix Home Care and Hospice for their compassionate care over the past several weeks. 


Due to the current public health situation we will not be having a service at this time, but hope to gather for a celebration of life when we can do so safely. 


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or Community Blood Center.  


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20 Comments on “Stephen K. Opdyke”

  1. Janet Neville Says:

    My heart goes out to the family. Steve was such a great and fun guy who loved his family and will be dearly missed by many.

  2. Cece Madhavan Says:

    Das, Matt and I sent our deepest condolences to you and your family, Myra.

    May all your treasured memories comfort you all at this difficult time.

  3. Dee Godbout Says:

    My heart to Myra and family..I know your pain but he’s just in the other room….
    R.I.P. Steve We’ve all got Myra..

  4. Jeanie McMaster Says:

    I send my deepest condolences to you and your family, Myra. I will be praying for all of you.

  5. Marge Vezeau Says:

    Myra, so so sorry to hear of your loss. Did not know Stephen was ill. Please know my prayers are for you and all of your family.

  6. Di Says:

    Wish I could be there to wrap you in my arms,but wrapping you in my heart will have to do until we can safely gather. Love you, sis.

  7. Dave Mayer Says:

    My condolences to Myra, Rachael, Chris and the family. Steve was a good friend and I enjoyed his company very much. We had a lot of fun over the years and he always had a great sense of humor. He became a skilled winemaker and shared many bottles with his friends. I will miss him. RIP my friend.

  8. Mike Pitts Says:

    So sorry for your familes loss. Steve and I had many enjoyable times working and playing together. Gone but not forgotten RIP

  9. Mike Turkovic Says:

    We are so sorry Myra for your loss. Steve was always nice.

  10. Susan Floth Says:

    So sorry. He was a great guy.

  11. April Smith Says:

    Such a time of sorrow. Wishing the family Peace in the remembrance of all of the laughter and fun we all had with Steve. If I close my eyes I can hear his laughter, his is my cousin and we shared so many fun holidays over the years. His family always came first I am sure he will be watching over all of you. God Bless, April Allen-Smith and Family.

  12. Susan and Dan Peterson Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a special member of our Lenexa Lions Club. We know God is holding you in His loving arms.

  13. Lamberta Burdens Goulette Says:

    Prayers for all and nothing but good memories.

  14. Kirk Baughan Says:

    The Class of ’70 at Salina High will miss “Upper.” He was fun and funny and a friend to all. Peace be with the Opdyke family.

  15. Norma Buxton Says:

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to you and yours.

  16. Lindsay Clark Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Praying y’all find peace during this difficult time. He is in some of my oldest memories.

  17. Chris Robinson Says:

    I have many fond memories of times spent with Steve at KU and after. He was a kind and fun guy and good friend. Best wishes to Myra, Chris, Rachael and Eileen.

  18. Gayla George Says:

    So sorry for your loss. I will miss catching up on the old OP gang. Was a good customer at the Torreador.
    Love to you all, Gayla George

  19. Brenda Grismore Says:

    So Sorry for your loss!Steve Such a Great husband,Father,Friend. Steve,Myra and I would cook and share food alot and times invite me over for his grilled food. He made great wine and they had the best wine parties! Such a Fun, Kind Man.He will be so missed!

  20. Steve McBride Says:

    I was so sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. He was a good friend, a nice guy and fun to be around. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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