Koy Opdahl, 18, Zap, passed away Nov. 24, 2018, in Bismarck due to medical complications from Type 1 diabetes. Services will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. CST at Golgotha Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, with the Rev. Tom Olson officiating.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. CST at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Koy was born Dec. 20, 1999, in Bismarck to his parents, Kevin and Jane (Landeis) Opdahl, and raised in Zap. He graduated from Beulah High School and was enrolled in a mechanical maintenance technology program at Bismarck State College. He worked part-time at Menards and was a proud member of the Zap Volunteer Fire Department.
Koy loved the cowboy way of life and rural North Dakota. This included red Angus cows, the local branding circuit, and the back roads. Despite the dirt and worn tires, he always swore the gravel was faster and the view was better. Koy’s favorite music was classic country and he was often found blasting his favorite, Brooks and Dunn. He said all he needed was KBMR radio, he didn’t even need FM. He felt most at home in the outdoors. He loved to hunt a variety of animals and fish in all kinds of weather. During the summer, you would find him camping at the lake surrounded by loving friends around a bonfire. Koy loved working with his hands. This included helping his dad around the ranch, cooking with his mother, and working on derby cars with his friends.
Koy was a loyal son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He was stubborn, but had a soft spot for people and things he cared about, especially his little Corgi, Tinkie. Koy was always there when people needed him, whether it was a shoulder to cry on, a sincere hug, or any task asked of him. He was often described as an old soul. At times he seemed like he was 80 instead of 18. Koy also had a large group of friends and seemed to find company, new and old, in every place he wandered too. Plus, he was the best dance partner a girl could ask for. Koy was not the most vocal person, but he always had a joke to tell. A smirk meant a laugh and a person would be proud to get a small chuckle. Koy was extremely brave and fought a long battle with Type 1 diabetes.
He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Jane (Landeis) Opdahl, Zap; brother, Kane Opdahl, Watford City; twin sister, Kenzie Opdahl, Zap; maternal grandparents, Tom and Loretta Landeis, Mandan; Scott and Lorrie Berger and family, Mandan; Jay and Tammi Opdahl and family, Menoken; Pam Opdahl and family, Young America, Minn.; plus many friends who are considered family.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lyle and Maxine Opdahl and his uncle, Jeff Opdahl.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of Koy.
Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.