BOW VALLEY — Rudolph Edward Arens, 95, Bow Valley, died April 13, 2013, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Visitation and a Vigil Service were Monday at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and resumed one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was April 16 at Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul) Catholic Church, Bow Valley, with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating.
Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Bow Valley.
Pallbearers were Doug Arens, Michael Schulte, Nathan Schulte, Austin Arens, Gerard Arens and Edward Arens.
Rudy was born June 20, 1917, at Bow Valley, to Edward and Ida (Schulte) Arens. He grew up in the Bow Valley area and attended District 108 Brookside Country School. Rudy married Ella T. Kruse Jan. 21, 1941, at Bow Valley. After their marriage, they farmed three miles east of Fordyce.
Rudy loved being with his family, particularly with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. He was devoted to his farm and his livestock. Rudy had been a resident of Park View Haven Care Center in Coleridge since October 2008. He was a lifetime member of the Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church, Bow Valley.
Rudy is survived by a son and his wife, LeRoy and Almeda Arens, Fordyce; two grandchildren, Michelle and Michael Schulte, Yankton, S.D.; and Doug and Jerrie Arens, Hartington; four great-grandchildren, Wendy Jensen and her husband, Justin, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Nathan Schulte, Brookings, S.D.; Kelsey Arens and Austin Arens, both of Hartington; one great-great-granddaughter, Ella Marie Jensen; a brother and wife, Roman and Arlene Arens, Bow Valley; and two sisters, Loretta Pick and Isabelle Kramer, both of Hartington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ella, Oct. 4, 2005, at the age of 89; a great-grandson, Craig Schulte; a brother, Clarence J. Arens; six sisters, Pauline Lammers, Hildegard Lammers, Sylvia Hochstein, Mildred Kramer, Rosella Kramer and Marie Kube.