|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1925|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 2008|
Arnold Robert Raymond Arlt was born on July 6, 1925 in Plummer, MN. His parents were August and Mattie (Gustafson) Arlt. He was the second to the youngest of seven children. His life revolved around his soul mate and wife Wilma, his sons, grandchildren, family, his strong faith in God and service to his country.
Arnold (Arnie) reminisced of going to school in a one room schoolhouse and spoke highly of his teacher Sylvia Steinert. During his junior year in high school he was drafted to serve in the US Navy but was able to finish his high school education while serving in the military.
He entered active duty on October 6, 1943 at Fort Snelling and was a seaman guard. Later on in his career he served as a radioman abroad the USS Catron (APA 71). The main duty of his ship was to transport US Troops and prisoners. His duties were to man the radio on the landing craft. His most dangerous mission was transporting and landing troops on the beach for the invasion in Okinawa. He said it was something he will never forget as he witnessed suicide bombers hitting ships all around him. Arnie was honorably discharged May 1, 1946. He was a current member of the Plummer American Legion.
Upon returning to the states he and his brother Lloyd attended the Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, IL. His parents were so proud of them because they graduated the top in their class of 100 students.
On September 17, 1947 he married his classmate Wilma Greenwald who had anxiously waited for his safe return. To this union they had 3 sons, Gary, Leslie and Lowell.
Arnie took up farming for about six years before becoming the manager of the Plummer Creamery. The boys enjoyed going to work with dad to help him dump cream cans and make butter. Arnie decided to change his career and went on to work for the State of MN working as a State Agricultural produce inspector for 22 years until his retirement in 1987.
He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Singers, loved playing Christmas music year round. He taught his sons to play the guitar and enjoyed accompanying them on his harmonica. He would join in singing and of course Daddy sang bass and Mama (Wilma) sang tenor.
As his family grew he spent as much quality time with them as he could. He looked forward to hunting and fishing season, camping, making snowmen and snow slides for the kids. He even participated in the annual summer water balloon fights. The grandchildren will have many wonderful memories of their grandpa to pass on for generations to come. He loved his grandchildren dearly and had a special heartstring tied to his little buddy and great-grandson Avory.
Arnie's faith was always a priority in his life. He was confirmed of the Lutheran faith and served as an elder in his home church, Redeemer Lutheran. He was very open and honest about how much he loved his sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, friends and his church family. We all knew that he was a very prayerful man. This is one of the living legacies that he has passed down to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There was always prayer before every meal, during the holidays; gift opening or fellowship grandpa always led us in prayer. At Christmas time he would narrate the Christmas story as the grandchildren acted it out. As soon as the grandchildren were able to read they too had a part. He would always end with asking each one of us what we were thankful for and reminded us to always give glory and honor to God.
As his physical body started to fail him and his mind began to stray, nothing could break the Holy Spirit within him, God was never far away from his heart. During his last days with his loving family surrounding him he gave them the most wonderful gift. As his body laid there motionless and speechless for days preparing to complete his final journey here on earth a voice called out to him saying; "Grandpa we are all here!" He opened his eyes and looked around at his family gathered together as they always were and replied; "You are all here, I am so blessed!" God gave him the strength and the power to awake in a clear mind to offer prayer, ask for forgiveness and participate in the Lord's Supper for one last time. He was able to recite the Lords Prayer and even sang all of the words to Amazing Grace. He told Pastor Frank Ehling and his nurse Cheryl Payne how blessed his life has been to have such a loving wife who had always been there for him. He reminded his son's, daughters in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of how proud he was of them and said; "I love you more!" His everlasting words of advice were to his family and friends were to "Love one another as I have loved you. This was his final prayer.
God Bless his memory.
Arnold is survived by his loving wife Wilma; sons Gary (Cindy Jaeger) Arlt, Leslie (Mary Knott) Arlt and Lowell and (Cindy Magers) Arlt.
Grandchildren; Rebecca (Gerell) Clardy, Amy (Dwight) Erickson, Danielle (Tim) Nash, Jeremy (Rachel) Arlt, Ross (Jessica) Arlt, Aaron (Kacie) Arlt, Dustin Arlt and special friend Ashley Stenseth.
14 great grandchildren; Tasha, Keyon, Avory, Addison, Britain, Clarice, Blake, Kamari, Rilee, Raegen, Max, Hunter, Ava and Sam.
Sisters In-laws; Gladys Arlt, Muriel Arlt, Rosemary Arlt and brother in-law Vernon Cormican and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, brothers Ervin, Art and Lloyd, sisters Evelyn Ulrich, Alice Cormican and Elenora Aanenson preceded him in death.
Arnold Arlt died on Tuesday, Octoer 7, 2008 with his loving family near his side after a courageous battle with cancer, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Red Lake Falls, MN at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 1 day. May his memory be blessed.
Friday, October 10, 2008
5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Pleth Ave. West
Plummer, MN 56748
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Pleth Ave. West
Plummer, MN 56748
August Louis Arlt (1889 - 1960)
Mattie E. Gustafson Arlt (1891 - 1950)
Alice Ruby Emeline Arlt Cormican (1920 - 2003)*
Elenora Agnes Lillian Arlt Aanenson (1922 - 1990)*
Arnold Robert Raymond Arlt (1925 - 2008)
Red Lake County
Created by: Pam Holeton
Record added: Dec 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32508326
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