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Arden Francis Siedschlag

Arden Francis Siedschlag, age 67, of Howard Lake, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002.

Arden was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Vesta Township, Redwood County, the son of William and Maria (nee Rohde) Siedschlag. He was baptized Sept. 23, 1934, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Seaforth, Minn., and grew up in Vesta.

When his father purchased a farm in South Dakota, the family moved to Hammer where he attended school. Upon completion of religious instruction at Nidous Lutheran Church, Arden was confirmed in his faith March 5, 1950.

On October 24, 1953, he was united in marriage to Lois Henke in Webster, S.D. This union was blessed with the births of four children. Arden and Lois made their home and living by working on a farm.

In 1959, Arden began working as a meat cutter and sausage maker. He came to Howard Lake to work at Custer's Super Valu in 1962, and worked there full-time until 1988 when the store was sold to Gerry Smith.

After working for Gerry's, he went to Marv's Red Owl in Annandale, and then to The Marketplace in Cokato, where he worked part-time until 1996.

He enjoyed fishing, boating, minigolf, yard work, visiting with people, his grandchildren, and watching his grandson race cars.

Arden was called to his eternal rest Wednesday, August 7, 2002, at the age of 67 years, 11 months, and 10 days.

Arden was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marie Siedschlag; son, Scott; two brothers, Erwin Siedschlag and Earl Siedschlag; and two sisters, Mae Parkhurst and Lorine Stickland.

He is survived by his wife, Lois of Howard Lake; two daughters, Linda Clark of Howard Lake and Kimberly (Allen) Monger of Bemidji; one son, Jeffrey (Roxann) Siedschlag of Hutchinson; and five grandsons, James Clark, Jeremiah Monger, Zachariah Monger, Eric Siedschlag, and Ryan Siedschlag.

He is further survived by four sisters, Helen Shelstad, Goldie Heinrich, Alice Christopherson, and Adeline Garman; one brother, Allan Siedschlag; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Donald Horsch, Allen Monger, Allan Siedschlag, Donald Henke, Richard Diers, and Zene Ernst. Honorary pallbearers were Arden's grandchildren, James Clark, Zachariah Monger, Jeremiah Monger, Eric Siedschlag, and Ryan Siedschlag.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

The organist was Nancy Butterfass, with special music by soloist Marge Stueven.

Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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