Around Our Town...People
Ray and Pat Opitz
09/01/2005 - "He's got the curliest hair and the prettiest teeth." Those were the motivating words spoken by Pat Opitz's friend as she arranged the blind date by which Pat would meet her husband of 48 years, Ray Opitz. Ray chuckles and removes his hat, saying, "Here's what's left of the curly hair!"
Pat was born in Riverton and has lived in Casper since 1952. "Casper is a very good place to raise children...a good place to do business...at least they give you a chance," she says. Ray, who has lived in Casper since 1956 agrees. The couple raised two girls and twin boys here. "They grew up building beehives, pounding nails, painting," Ray says.
The couple are owners of Wyoming Honey Company (414 First Street in Mills). Raising honeybees was a "hobby that got out of hand," Ray says with a twinkle in his eye. The shop has been there since 1978 and is well worth stopping in. Fresh local honey, beeswax candles, all manner of honey products and cute gift items are included in its inventory.
Ray says he likes the country around here and has enjoyed hunting and fishing. "But don't get married during hunting season," Pat cautions. Advice rendered through experience – Pat and Ray were married in October and spent their honeymoon hunting.
Three of their four children reside in the Casper area, along with five of their six granchildren. Daughter, Terry, and her husband own Just for Kicks (selling used snowmobiles, motorcycles and four-wheelers). Son, Alan, works for Pacific Hide and Metal and son, Gary, recently sold Rhinolinings (pickup truck bed liners). Their other daughter, Christine, lives in Chandler, Arizona.
The Opitzs are friendly, down-to-earth folks. Thanks, Ray and Pat for the asset you are to our community.