Ary Corvin Arneson. Submitted photo
Ary Corvin Arneson. Submitted photo

Ary Arneson, age 94, of Spring Valley died Saturday, June 3, 2017.

How do you describe such an honorable man who lived his 94 years to the fullest? Ary was a devoted husband of 70 years to Elsie, the love of his life, and a dedicated brother to his sister and only sibling Joan.

He was an inspiration to his four children Charlie (Barbara Silberbusch) Sally ( Steve Scallon ) Jay (Wendy Peterson)and Sarah( Tom Kolar). He  was a proud grandfather to Anna, Tim, Paige, and Claire.

Mr. Arneson was a WWII veteran who served in the European theater as a bombardier in the 94th bomb group, 331st squadron. His courage was awarded with the Air Medal and 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Legion of Honor.

He retired from military service as a Major and ran the Arneson Insurance Agency, continuing to work there until the end of his life with his son Jay.

Ary had a wonderful sense of curiosity and adventure which he shared with Elsie as they traveled the world together, but he lived his entire life in Spring Valley. He was passionate about his community and was looked upon with admiration and respect.

He was instrumental in developing the Spring Valley Golf Course, served on the nursing home board, was a member of the Area Association/ Chamber of Commerce and actively recruited doctors and dentists for the local clinics. He was a member of the local Free Masons for 72 years.

Ary was happiest spending time with his family at the cottage and mowing hiking trails at “the farm”. He was a true steward of the Earth. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his many friends and family.

Honorary bearers are Mary Ducklow, Barb Esanbock, and Wanda Blaedorn.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Memorial service will be Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church.

Keehr Funeral Home, ( Spring Valley is handling arrangements.