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Arnold C. Volness

Arnold C. Volness, age 85, of rural Plato, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at his residence in Green Isle Township, Sibley County.

He was born April 7, 1917, in Ada, Minn., the son of Ditlef and Amanda Jacobson Volness.

Arnold attended Dunwoody Institute and, later, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in chemical engineering.

He honorably served in the United States Army during WWII from 1942 until 1945.

Arnold Volness was united in marriage to Jean Onnen June 26, 1950, were joined in holy marriage in Mason City, Iowa. God blessed their marriage with four children.

While his children were growing up, Arnold was active in PTA. He also was always supportive of his wife's involvement in the State Republican Party.

Arnold was formerly employed for many years at Control Data and at 3M.

He was a former Alpha Chi Sigma member, and also formerly belonged to the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs.

He was preceded in death by son Steven Craig Volness, grandson Jacob Poquette, his parents Ditlef and Amanda Volness, sisters and brothers Olvig Volness, Ruth Skaarsvaag, Signora Kleevgaard, Elsie Volness, Harold and Donald Volness; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law Marilyn Onnen, Elaine Brown, and Clifford Onnen.

He is survived by his wife Jean Volness of Plato; children David C. Volness of Plato, Paul C. (Laura) Volness of Winsted, and Katie C. (Jack Poquette) Volness of Dassel; grandchildren Samuel and Lucas Poquette; Jacob, Angela, Bailey, and Joshua Volness.

He is further survived by sisters and brothers: Valborg Smerud of Moorhead, Elmer (Shirley) Volness of Fargo, N.D., Elsie Roach of Las Vegas, Nev., Evelyn (Robert) Nelson of Perley, Ted (Phyllis) Volness of Appleton, Robert (Carol) Volness of Mankato, and Jane (Gordon) Walker of Pelican Rapids;

sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mary Beatrice Volness of Brooklyn Center, Geraldine Braasch of Lincoln, Neb., Tony (Joann) Onnen of Cokato, and Gerhardt (Mary Ann) Onnen, Jr., of Yates Center, Kan.; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Arnold Volness were Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m., at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato.

Pastor Lyndon Korhonen officiated, and interment followed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Cemetery.

Linda Korhonen provided special music for the funeral service and sang "Amazing Grace."

Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "Just as I Am, Without One Plea," and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Friends called at the Chilson Funeral Chapel, Winsted, Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Honorary casket bearers were grandsons Samuel Poquette and Jacob Volness.

Casket bearers were David Volness, Paul Iness, Jack Poquette, Tony Onnen, Alan Smerud, and Larry Swenson.

The Chilson Funeral Chapel in Winsted served the family.

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