The Decorah Nespapers
August 21, 2017
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  • Stanley Arneson, 90, of Decorah, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Aase Haugen Senior Services. Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Big Canoe Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Kurt M. Bockoven officiating. Organist was Kathryn Thompson. Soloist was Mary Arneson (“Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” and ”Precious Lord, Take My Hand”). Hymns were “Beautiful Savior “ and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”Burial was at Big Canoe Cemetery. Casket bearers were Loren Amundson, Tom Arneson, Art Swestka, Jack Schult, Bruce Becker and Jason Graves. Interment was at Big Canoe Cemetery, Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

    Stanley Warren Arneson was born July 29, 1927, the son of Martin and Nora (Grindeland) Arneson in Pleasant Township, rural Winneshiek County. He was baptized and confirmed at Big Canoe Lutheran Church. He was educated in a rural school in Pleasant Township. Stanley farmed until entering the United States Army Air Force in 1946, where he earned the rank of Sergeant. He was attached to the medics. He was united in marriage to Margaret Hovden at the Madison Lutheran Church July 1, 1951. To this union four daughters were born: Martha, Mary, Cindy and Deb. Stanley and Margaret farmed in Allamakee Township for four years and Pleasant Township for 35 years. They moved to Decorah in 1990. He was Winneshiek County Soil and Conservation District winner, was awarded Premium Milk Producer award from Rochester Dairy in 1957, was on the Farm Service Board of Directors from 1979 to 1985 and was a member of Big Canoe Lutheran Church where he served on the Church Council for many terms. Stanley enjoyed going for long walks and going for Sunday drives with Margaret to look at crops. He loved horses and fishing.

    Stanley is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margaret; three daughters: Mary Tekippe, Decorah; Cindy (Tom) Rima, Decorah; Deb (Jay) Schiltz, Minneapolis, Minn.; nine grandchildren: Jason (Cori) Graves, Telluride, Colo.; Melinda (special friend, Todd Hamilton) Graves, Redding, Calif.; Sarah (Derek Skolnik) Tekippe, Glenview, Ill.; Tina Tekippe, Kansas City, Mo.; Michelle Rima, West Des Moines; Stephanie Rima, Minneapolis, Minn.; Ben, Eva and Berit Schiltz all of Minneapolis, Minn.; great-grandchildren: Nyle Lienhard, Lily Graves, Alex Graves, Makayla Sales, Colin Skolnik and Simone Skolnik; brothers, Paul (Bernice) Arneson, Decorah and Ralph (Shirley) Arneson, Decorah; brothers-in-law, Earl Albertson, Cresco and Jim Erickson, Mabel, Minn. along with many very close friends of Stanley and Margaret.

    Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Nora (Grindeland) Arneson; daughter, Martha Graves; sister, Kathryn (Jerome) Kroshus; brothers and sisters-in-law: Orville Hovden, Cora (Harold) Grice, Joe (Dorothy) Hovden, Alice (Jack) Callison, Irene Albertson, Oscar Hovden and Ethel (Roland “Bud”) Drape; father and mother-in-law, Anton and Alma (Ramstad) Hovden.
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