Eugene ‘Gene’ Arndt

Eugene Arthur Arndt, age 83, of Springfield, died on April 15, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Service will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Springfield, on Saturday, April 19, at 10:30 am.

The clergy will be Pastor Mark Luther Johnson.

Interment will be at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Springfield.

Military Honors by John Watson American Legion Post 257.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 18, from 4-8 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Springfield.

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Eugene ‘Gene’ Arthur Arndt was born December 3, 1930 on the family farm in Burnstown Township, Brown County to Arthur and Clara (Pirmantgen) Arndt. He was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member. Gene graduated from Springfield High School in 1948 and was united in marriage to Donna Moritz on August 16, 1953 in Redwood Falls. He served with the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 where he was a member of the Signal Corps Fixed Station Radio at Fort Monmouth, NJ and Fifth Army Headquarters in Atlanta, GA. After his honorable discharge, Gene returned to Springfield to farm and also sold Pioneer seed corn for over 30 years. He served as the Burnstown Township treasurer for 35 years and was appointed to the ASC Committee for Burnstown Township in 1970. Gene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Springfield where he served on the church council and as an usher, served on the board of directors at St. John Lutheran Home, and was a member of John Watson American Legion Post 257. He enjoyed refinishing furniture, traveling, gardening, canning, and fishing. He also enjoyed playing cards, reading, Sudoku, socializing with his many friends, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by wife, Donna; daughters, Michelle (Charlie) Franklin of New Ulm, Tami (Joe) Bockhold of Rochester, Brenda (Tom) Reiner of Ham Lake, and Lisa (Greg) Walsh of Inver Grove Heights; grandchildren, Kelli (Jake) Gerads, Andrew Bockhold, Katie (Cory) Jakubek, Kyle Hillesheim, Brittany Franklin and fianc’ Adam Boyum, and Meghan, Patrick and Colin Walsh; and great-grandson Landon Jakubek.

He was preceded in death by mother Clara Arndt; second mother Hattie Arndt; father Art Arndt; sister Harriet and husband Vince Mielke; brother Jerome and wife Florence Arndt; and brother-in-law Ken Menk.

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