At the age of 83 Arnie was welcomed into Gods arms on Sunday December 18, 2022 at Unity Hospital, Fridley MN after a battle with leukemia and depression, along with a long list of other things. He went peacefully with his family at his side.
Arnie was born October 6th 1939, the son of Paul & Olive (Rappe) of Hinckley Minnesota, he later discovered that his birthplace was Brook Park MN. He graduated from Hinckley High School. He took great care of his mother and later went into the U.S Navy March of 1962 to March of 1965 with an honorable discharge. He resumed his job at Montgomery Wards in St. Paul MN where he met the love of his life, Judy (Schneider). They married September 23 1967, at Sacred Heart Church in Flensburg MN. They were blessed with three daughters. Later worked at Simon Wholesale &Company in St. Paul MN after an injury went to work for Coast to Coast Hardware in Forest Lake for 17 years and then retired. Arnie was a handyman he had a great deal of talent. He helped his family and friends when he was needed. He worked side jobs when he could, even taking his children with them to teach them his trades. He started a home based small business of building dog houses, rabbit hutches and bird houses. He later decided to go back to school and learn how to sharpen chain saw blades, mower blades, mauls, axes and make new chains. He loved to keep busy.He also loved the outdoors. He would take his wife,kids, grandkids and friends fishing,biking,swimming,camping and on vacations or long weekends. He would go hunting with his dogs and enjoy peace in the woods while hunting for deer. He would make sure he had time to visit friends, volunteer and go to garage sales. He was also known to make people laugh with a great joke. One of the happiest times in his life was when he won a brand new Ford F150 at the 2008 Fishapalozza ice fishing tournament in Forest Lake. He was a Christian and would attend service weekly. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.
Arnie is survived by his loving wife, Judy, whom he loved to call “Ma” and his children, Brenda (Curt) Mager, Amy (Dan) Lametti, and Michelle (Brian) Yechout; six grandchildren, Tyler, Heather, Nathan, Nick, Kameron, Dario; one great granddaughter, Elena; brother, Clarence (Bud) Rudenick; sister-in-law, Joann Tessier and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held at 12 PM, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5879 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN. Visitation will be 4-6 PM, on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. For those unable to attend, Arnold's service will be live streamed at the link below. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Forest Lake.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the family.