Erwin John Arens, age 89, of rural Buffalo, and formerly of Loretto, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014.
He was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Loretto, the son of Otto and Della (Weisman) Arens.
Erwin honorably served his country in the United States Army.
As a young man, he worked on many farms. In 1938, at the age of 14, Erwin began hauling milk in cans with his father to Cloverleaf Creamery (now Kemps). For the next 63 years, he continued Arens Milk Line, hauling to many area creameries. Erwin retired when he was 77 years old.
A faithful, lifelong member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, Erwin served as a past treasurer, and longtime member of the Catholic Aid.
He formerly belonged to the Loretto Volunteer Fire Department, The Knights of Columbus, and the Lions Club.
Erwin was an avid card player, loved to polka dance when younger, and enjoyed bowling and fishing trips.
He is survived by his children: Carol Heins and family: Brian (Namie) and Jane (Ryan Cole); Janet (John) Lyrek and family: Troy and Jason; Joyce (Ken) Nyberg and family: Erica Nyberg, Rebekah (Justin) Martyn and Kari (Eric) Brandt; Connie (Ron) Dahl and family: April (Mike) Debner, Jenny (Ben) Cionca, Krissy Dahl (Bruce) and Bill Dahl; Debbie Arens and family: Terri and Kelsey; Bruce (Connie) Arens and family: Diana (Luke) Benson, Jeff (Jenna) and Dan (Kayla) Arens; Donna (Brian) Doboszenski and family: Jacque Wallin, Brianna Doboszenski (Steven Kiphuth), Brittany and Adam; and Laurie Arens; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers Doris Baer, Elaine Roy, Gerry Arens, and Tom Arens; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and many other relatives and friends.
Erwin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Louise (nee Schommer); his parents; a son-in-law, Les Heins; a grandson-in-law, Erik Wallin; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. Interment was at the church cemetery.
There was visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church.
Honorary casket bearer was Brian Heins.
Casket bearers were Troy and Jason Lyrek, Bill Dahl, Jeff and Dan Arens, and Adam Doboszenski.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.