Death Benefit

Upon the death of an age and service retiree or a disability benefit recipient who participated in the Traditional Pension or Combined Plan, a lump sum death benefit, based on years of service, is paid to one of the following:

Death Benefit Schedule
Years of Members Service Credit Death Benefit
Less than 10 $500
At least 10, but less than 15 $1,000
At least 15, but less than 20 $1,500
At least 20, but less than 25 $2,000
25 or more $2,500

For members participating in the Member-Directed Plan, a death benefit is not available through OPERS. In the event of the member’s death, the vested portion of the member’s defined contribution account that has not been distributed is available to the member’s beneficiaries.