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Victor William Arlt

Victor William Arlt, age 78 of Hutchinson, died Sunday, March 6, 2005 at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.

Victor was born Dec. 28, 1926 in Glencoe Township, McLeod County, the son of Fred and Louise (Nelson) Arlt. He was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe.

He received his education at District 43 in Glencoe, and was a graduate of Glencoe High School, class of 1945.

Victor entered the US Army Jan. 16, 1946, and served his country during World War II as an interrogation interpreter. He was awarded an Army of Occupation medal and a World War II Victory medal. He was honorably discharged Dec. 3, 1947.

Victor was united in marriage to Lucille Kuester Aug. 20, 1952 at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with four children.

Victor and Lucille resided in Glencoe until 1967, when they moved to Hutchinson. They shared 52 years of marriage.

Victor held employment as a painter/decorator with Fred Stockman Decorating in Glencoe. In 1962, he began employment at 3M in Hutchinson, where he worked for over 30 years.

A member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Victor served in church officer positions for First Lutheran Church in Glencoe and Peace Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday school chairman, chairman of stewardship, and trustee.

He was also a member of the Hutchinson VFW Post 906, the Hutchinson American Legion Post 96, where he served as chaplain and baseball post manager; and the Hutchinson 40/8.

Victor’s passion was baseball. He was a four-year varsity baseball player at Glencoe High School, and captained the squad duirng his junior and senior years. He also participated in football, basketball, and track.

While in the army in Germany, he also pitched in many games. After his military discharge, he received an invitation to try out for the Chicago Cubs, which he declined.

He played ball at Plato, New Auburn, and Glencoe. He was a Minnesota State High School League official for 29 years, and umpired for baseball, softball, volleyball, and basketball.

He was a member of the Hutchinson Baseball Boosters, served on the youth activities board, and was instrumental in starting the Hutchinson Umpire Association.

In 2001, Victor was inducted into the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Victor enjoyed dancing, listening to old-time music, playing the piano (by ear), playing cards, and bowling. He especially enjoyed coaching and supporting his children in various sports and activities, and watching his grandchildren participate in athletic events.

Victor is survived by his wife, Lucille Arlt of Hutchinson; children and their spouses: Jenni and Jim Eveslage of Rochester, Juli and Mike Monahan, Jodi and Steve Drew, and John and Carol Arlt, all of Hutchinson; and grandchildren: Joe Eveslage, Jeff Eveslage, Brianna Monahan, Danny Monahan, Molly Monahan, Chelsey Drew, Massey Drew, Riley Drew, Jake Arlt, and Cody Arlt.

He is further survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Elvira and Alfred Exsted of Glencoe; a niece and her husband, Glorian and Marvin Kappel of Glencoe; nephew Ken Exsted of Glencoe, and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Fred and Louise Arlt; and a niece, Shirley Mrvicka.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 10 at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. The organist was Paul Otte, and the soloist, Lawrence Biermann, sang “Lasst Mich Geh’n,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “Take Me Up Into Heaven.” The congregational hymns were “Lift High The Cross,” “Blest Be The Tie That Binds,” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.”

Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Military honors were provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rife Squad.

Honorary casket bearers were the Hutchinson Umpire Association and the Hutchinson Baseball Association.

Casket bearers were Joe Eveslage, Jeff Eveslage, Danny Monahan, Paul Heuer, Dean Heuer, and Tom Rannow.

Arrangements were by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson.

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