John Myron Arp, 81, Luverne, died Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 25 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Engebretson Chapel in Luverne with Rev. David Jahn officiating.
Casket bearers were Corey Arp, Jamie Arp, Jared Arp, Jason Arp, Greg Arp and Josh Hellwinckel. Interment was at Memory Gardens, Luverne with military honors provided by Hardwick American Legion Post 478, Hardwick.
John Arp was born on April 17, 1928 to John and Anna (Rath) Arp on a farm in Elmer Township of Pipestone County, near Edgerton. He was raised on the family farm and attended country school. After he completed his education, he helped on the farm.
On Dec. 8, 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. After his discharge on Sept. 7, 1952 he returned to the family farm. He married Lois Matthiesen on Sept. 27, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. Following their marriage they lived and worked on the family farm. He also was a truck driver for many years.
His wife, Lois, died on Nov. 16, 1998. After her death, he continued to live on the farm until he became a resident of the Ashton Care Center in Pipestone. On May 3, 2006 he moved to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. He was a member of the Hardwick American Legion Post 478.
He is survived by seven children, Curtis (DeAnn) Arp, Jasper; Michael Arp and Daniel Arp, both of Hardwick; Dennis (Debra) Arp, Rapid City, S.D.; Lorilee (Robert) Hellwinckel, Pipestone; Dean Arp, Marshall and David Arp, Edgerton; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and a sister, Phyllis Gehrels, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; a great-grandson, Wilson Arp; and two sisters, Lois Veenhof and Lorraine Staeffler.