Verne Dale Arndt, 81, of Hustler, Wis., passed away suddenly Saturday June 28, 2014.
Verne was born Oct. 12, 1932, on the family farm in the Town of Wellington, Monroe County, Wis., to Hugo and Clara (Radke) Arndt. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilton, Wis. He was a 1950 graduate of Wilton High School. Verne served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956. On Sept. 1, 1956, he was united in marriage to Marie Vaningan in Hillsboro, Wis. In November, 1961, Verne and his family moved to Hustler, Wisconsin where he became the buttermaker at the Hustler Co-op Creamery. Verne retired from the Hustler Co-op Creamery in October, 1994. He also was self-employed in the refrigeration repair business and worked for the Village of Hustler. He has been a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a council member several times, member of Veith-Paeth American Legion Post 508, Wilton, where he served as a past commander.
Verne is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie and four children Albert, Milltown, Wis.; Linda (John) Nebelsiek, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Thomas (Terry) and Richard both of Hustler, Wisconsin. Three granddaughters: Nancy Lee (Jason Steele) Arndt, West Salem; Ashley (Brandon) Lucas, Green Bay; and Erin Arndt, Hustler; three great-grand sons and one expected in September, as well as two step grandchildren Josh (Donna) Nebelsiek and Jackie (Joe) Peters and three step great-grandchildren. He is further survived by siblings: Bernard (Betty), Wilton; Marty (Julleta), Wilton; Lois (Gordon) O’Rourke, Wilton; Ethel (Don) Dechant, Sparta; Hugo (Jack) (Mary Ann), Wilton; Arlis (Larry) Ballwahn, Wilton; Leonard (Dixie), Wilton; sisters-in-law Janice (Vere) Prell, Tomah; and Judy Arndt, Wilton; aunt Elna Arndt, Wilton. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Clara Arndt, father- and mother-in-law Albert and Ella Vaningan, brothers James and Carl, and godson Mark O’Rourke
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Main St. Hustler, Wis., on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hustler. Military honors will be conducted at the church after the service. The Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon is assisting the family with service. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com