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Arnold Anderson

Arnold James Anderson

May 20th, 1930 - August 23rd, 2019
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Obituary

Arnold J. Anderson, 89, of Watertown, a former longtime rural Hayti, SD resident, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Jenkins Living Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 26, 2019 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown with Father Richard Fox officiating. Music will be furnished by Cindy Grantham as soloist accompanied by Steph Sauder.

Visitation will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sunday, August 25th at the funeral chapel.

Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Grover, SD.

The family requests that memorials be given in Arnold's memory to St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Arnold's granddaughters: Gail Kangas, Brenda Johnson, Josie Beld, Alexandria Anderson, Shannon Struckman, Becky Webb, Heidi Schleis, Saylor Hlavacek and Justine Anderson.

Active Pallbearers will be Arnold's grandsons: Jason Anderson, Austin Anderson, Michael Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Jeremiah Peckenpaugh, Tanner Moss, Riley Buck and Brady Buck.

Arnold James Anderson was born on May 20, 1930 to John and Julia (Forness) Anderson in rural Hayti, SD. He grew up on the family farm west of Hayti and attended Opdahl #1 School. On October 20, 1951, Arnold married Donna L. Namken at the St. Frances DeSales Church in Estelline. Seven children were born to this union. Arnold farmed west of Hayti for 51 years. He then drove truck for the Hayti and Castlewood Elevators for 15 years. Arnold and Donna moved to Watertown in 2009.

He served on the Opdahl Township Board and was a hospice volunteer. He enjoyed pheasant hunting, playing cards and Bingo. In his younger years, Arnold enjoyed square dancing.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Arline (Leon) Johnson of Bryant, Gary (Serena) Anderson of Beresford, James (Diane) Anderson of Hayti, Mary Ellen Johnson (Bob Sour) of Hazel, Kimberly (Curtis) Hlavacek of Watertown, MarJoan (Bret) Buck of Bryant and Lynn Anderson of Hayti; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; his nieces, Carolyn (Kent) Hongslo and Shirley (Brad) Kleinhans.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Julet and Russell Johnson; and infant granddaughter, Teresa Anderson.

Pallbearers will be Arnold's grandsons: Jason Anderson, Austin Anderson, Michael Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Jeremiah Peckenpaugh, Tanner Moss, Riley Buck and Brady Buck.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Arnold's granddaughters: Gail Kangas, Brenda Johnson, Josie Beld, Alexandria Anderson, Shannon Struckman, Becky Webb, Heidi Schleis, Saylor Hlavacek and Justine Anderson.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday August 25th, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Sunday August 25th, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday August 26th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday August 26th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The family requests that memorials be given in Arnold's memory to St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery.
    Officiant
    Father Richard Fox
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    Grover, SD
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  • Reception

    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rolls and Coffee following service.

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Dean Brekke

Posted at 02:29pm
My sympathies to the family. You guys were wonderful neighbors. i remember one late afternoon deciding to beat the raging blizzard back to Vermillion and having a tire blow. The cold and snow only allowed me a few minutes at a time to change tires. You guys saw my lights from your house and came to rescue me. Just a few minutes with helping hands and I was on my way.
Dean Brekke-Phoenix
LM

Lois (Stormo) Mack

Posted at 08:31pm
Donna and families, So sorry for your loss. Hayti has lost another kind soul. Keeping you in my thought and prayers.
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Rhonda

Posted at 08:34pm
Loving memories of Arnold at Edgewood. Arnold loved it when his family would come for breakfast and then take them out to the farm for the day.
Arnold sat across the table from Mom (Laurel Storbakken) at Edgewood.during meals. Both he and his dear wife were so precious together- sweet love in action! Such a kind, nice and funny man always. We loved him and enjoyed getting to know him. We remember how sad he was when we told him that our Mom had passed away. God bless you all. We are so sorry to hear of the death of your husband and father. Please accept my sincere condolences.
DB

Denise Bender(Stein)

Posted at 12:11pm
So Very Sorry for your loss. Prayers & Thoughts are with you all.
TP

Todd Person

Posted at 10:14pm
I didn’t know Arnold that well, but I knew the family and several of his children. When you met him he would always smile and say hello, and it was a genuine hello. He always appeared to be a family man with a big heart and moral values. Our hearts go out to his family - May they be assured their sorrow will lessen as their memories of him mature. May God be with all of you during this trying time. Todd & Carol Person - SiouxFalls,SD
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