It is with great sadness, yet rejoicing at her gain in Christ, that we share with you the passing of Opal C. Linebaugh, one of the co-founders of the Ranch. Opal impacted so many lives for Christ through her many years of faithful ministry alongside her husband, Dr. Dale. Her life has touched many of us here at the Ranch and all over the world. The Ranch will be hosting a funeral service for her on Wednesday, August 23. Visitation and viewing will begin at 12:30, commencing at 1:30 and followed by the funeral service at 2:00. Opal will be laid to rest here in the Warriors Rest Cemetery. Please keep her family in your prayers. Her obituary is attached below.
Opal Florence Chaffee Linebaugh, daughter of Rev. Ralph and Marjorie Chaffee and wife of Dr. Dale E. Linebaugh, born on February 21, 1929, in Endicott, N.Y. entered into the presence of her Lord Jesus on August 17, 2017. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at Miracle Mountain Ranch, Spring Creek, Pa. (to be announced).
Growing up in a ministry family, it was natural that Opal’s heart was stirred to full-time ministry. To that end, she attended Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. for two years with a major in Music, and continued her education at Bryan College, Dayton, TN. in Creative Writing and English. Marriage to Dale E. Linebaugh July 4, 1949 in South Apalachan, N.Y. opened a wide vista in gospel ministry; teaching, counseling, singing, providing music as an accomplished musician on Piano, Organ, Flute, Accordion. She was most noted for her Vibraharp and creative arrangements of vocal and instrumental music. Her greatest gift and desire was in ministering to children, hundreds of whom she led to Jesus Christ, many of whom are in full-time ministry today.
Besides five full-time pastorates, together, Opal and Dale started three churches and two ranch styled camp ministries for youth where she held positions of; Director of Music, Counselor Coordinator, Director of Food Service, Camp Nurse, Wrangler, Gardener, and Housekeeping until other staff were available for those positions but she always maintained the position of Camp Mother to everyone.
During the seven years Dale was President of Practical Bible College, Johnson City, N.Y. (now Davis College) she consistently discipled student wives on such issues as their role in ministry, teaching, praying with power, discipling others, care for their children in a pastoral environment, and supporting their husband/pastor.
Opal is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Wilfred, Sydney and Douglas Chaffee, and one grandchild, Jeremiah Sterrett. She is survived by her husband Dr. Dale E. Linebaugh, two children Dr. Melodie L. Sterrett (Lewis), Rev. Jonathan E. “Jed” Linebaugh (Debra), eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She is dearly loved and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Memorial Gifts: In lieu of flowers Opal requested memorial gifts be given to Sermon On The Mount Ministry. A CD of Dr. Dale and Opal’s 1962 vintage record of their singing will be given as a thank you gift for your donation. If you are unable to attend the funeral but would like to give a gift it can be mailed to S.O.T.M. at 35102 County Street 2740, Anadarko, OK. 73005
For those who wish to send flowers, we recommend “ Bloomer Flowers”, Corry, PA. 814-663-0202
For Housing options please contact the Ranch at 814-664-7673. Cobblestone Inn in Corry is also offering a discount with the mention of Miracle Mountain Ranch. Meals before and after the day of the funeral can be provided at the Ranch with an r.s.v.p. A supper is being provided the evening of the service.
Video with Opal sharing about time at MMR: https://vimeo.com/118711962