Arnold A. Anderson, 63, of Arnegard, N.D., died early Monday morning, Jan. 11, 2010, at the McKenzie County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, N.D. Rev. Tim Swenson officiated, and interment followed in Spring Grove Cemetery, south of Arnegard, following a reception at the church. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family online at www.fulkersons.com.
Arnold Arthur Anderson was born July 14, 1946, in Williston, N.D., to Arthur and June (Torstenson) Anderson. He was raised south of Arnegard on the family farm. He attended the Zoar Lutheran Church and was close to his Lutheran Faith.
In 1966, Arnold enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served during the Vietnam War, receiving two Purple Hearts. The first decoration was given to him in the field by General Wes Moreland. Other military decorations were the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Rifleman Marksman. In 1968, he was honorably discharged at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and he returned home to the Arnegard area.
Upon his return, he farmed the family farm and raised cattle, horses and grain. He did some custom combining in the area for a time and worked for a time for Golden Valley Meats in Minnesota. Later, Arnold was a truck driver in the oil fields, first working for True Oiland and most recently as a Safety Control and Quality Control Officer for the local Belle Fouche Pipeline. For the past number of years, due to his health, Arnold was retired; work, though, of all kinds, was his passion.
He was a member of Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, and was a past member of Zoar Lutheran Church. Arnold enjoyed hunting deer in the fall and took pride in being a horn hunter.
He is survived by his sons, Jason and Aric Anderson of Fargo, N.D.; and daughter, Billie Zoe Rauser of Walhalla, N.D.; three grandchildren; brother, Donald (Leitha) Anderson of Gillette, Wyo.; and sisters, Beverly (Marv) Marthaller of Dickinson, N.D. and Melody (Bill) Cannon of Palm Harbor, Fla.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, Shane Sivak.