Paul Arndt played important role in building new school
Funeral services for Paul B. Arndt, 83, of Glenham, will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mobridge.
Burial will be in the Glenham Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Visitation will be Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kesling Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Paul passed away Oct. 29, 2012, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Paul was born March 6, 1929, in St. Paul, Minn., the first child of William and Clara (Ashbach) Arndt. He was baptized in St. Paul. Later, his parents moved to Jamestown, N.D., where he attended first grade. He was confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown. His high school years were spent at Northwestern Lutheran Academy (NLA) in Mobridge. After graduation, he worked on farms in Thunder Hawk and Lemmon.
Paul married Laila Rabenberg on March 26, 1950, at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Glenham. He and Laila farmed northwest of Glenham for 50 years. Paul was always interested in trucks, tractors and machinery. He would read and study innovative methods and technology in farming and put to use what he had learned.
One of his joys was to purchase a new Freightliner semi to haul grain. Besides hauling his own grain, he would haul for others, too. In later years, as the land was rented out, he and Laila used the truck to move pastors and teachers to new positions all over the country. They spent many memorable miles on the road.
Paul was a firm believer in Christian education. He taught Sunday school and served on many boards at church. For many years he was part of the governing body of NLA. All of his children attended Zion Lutheran School in Mobridge. The five oldest graduated from NLA, like their parents. Because the Academy closed in 1979, the youngest daughter graduated from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in New Ulm, Minn.
Paul was instrumental in building an area Lutheran high school. Great Plains Lutheran High School opened in Watertown in 1996. Within a few years, GPLHS was able to build a dorm and classrooms, thanks in part to Paul and his earthmoving equipment.
Paul is survived by his wife Laila; children, Kathy (Terry) Krause of Clear Lake, Elaine (Fred) Klingbeil of Oconomowoc, Wis., Doug (Liz) of Watertown, Bev (Dave) Lemke of Superior, Wis., Nick (Rhonda) of Lexington, Ken., and Kim (Jeff) Orth of Herreid. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Rhoda of St. Paul and Ruth Misgen of Faribault, Minn.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his stepmother and two granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Great Plains Lutheran High School, 1200 Lutheran Lane, NE, Watertown, S.D., 57201.