Christopher Donald Arens, age 58, of Delano, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, surrounded by his wife and children.
Chris was born Sept. 29, 1963, in Watertown, MN, to Donald and Millie (Wachman) Arens; and was baptized at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, MN.
Chris attended grade school at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Loretto, and graduated from Delano High School, where he played football and was a wrestler.
After high school, he worked with is Uncle Norman in Masonry in Loretto. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army as a systems mechanic. He was honorably discharged nearly three years later at the rank of sergeant.
Chris worked as a driver/mechanic at his father’s trucking company, Don Arens Trucking, for 12 years. He joined Herc-U-Lift in Maple Plain, Nov. 30, 1992 as a mechanic, service manager, and for the last 15+ years as a parts and service sales representative.
Chris had a love for all things outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He would spend most of the fall either in a deer stand or bird hunting with his sons, daughters, and his dogs.
He loved spending time with his wife, children, and nieces and nephews, playing outdoor games, cards, and shooting trap. He was known and respected for his gun safety training classes that he provided for many people, young and old.
As a follow-up to his military service, he devoted a lot of his time with the American Legion baseball team as manager. And his involvement in baseball programs in the city of Delano will not be forgotten.
He was also known as the man who everyone called to fix anything and everything. He often received phone calls that started out with, “Hey, what do you know about this?”
Chris was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Jill Stevens, May 5, 1990. They were blessed with five beautiful children, and one grandchild on the way.
Chris was preceded in death by his father, Donald Arens; and father-in-law, James Stevens.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jill; children Michael, Matthew, Anna, Abi (Matthew) Robinson, Nicole (Samuel) Haley; mother, Millie Arens; siblings, Carrie (Scott) Hayes, Tony (Shadow) Arens; mother-in-law, Nancy Stevens; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Chris (Rodger) Vieau, Bill (Sabrina) Stevens, Jon (Brenda) Stevens, Cay (Jason) Griep, Becky (Jason) Groskreutz; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
There was a visitation Friday, Dec. 3,from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano; and visitation continued Saturday from 9 to 10:40 a.m. at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian burial took place Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Delano.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements were through Iten Funeral Home in Delano.