Gordon C. "Gordy" Arens, 49, of Akron, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in an automobile accident in Monona County.
Gordon Arens was born Nov. 1, 1954, in Akron, the oldest son of Jim and Lois ann (Jammerthal) Arens. He attended school in Akron and Le Mars. Gordy married Linda Kay Peterson on April 19, 1972, and they lived in rural Akron.
He was a farmer in the Akron area and in his early years he operated his grandfather's corn sheller. In 1987, Gordy purchased his grandparents' farm just outside Akron and raised his family.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was an animal lover. In his free time, Gordy liked to hunt and fish. His real love was family, especially spending time with his grandchildren.
In the past few years, Gorody had spent his time in the Le Mars and Merrill areas with his grandchildren and his parents. He spent the past year in the Onawa area in what he said was the most beautiful country. He had recently told his daughter, Tammy, "You've got to see it, I was sitting on a hill in my Pathfinder and a deer walked right up to the window." Gordy was a loving and caring man who'll be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Lois Arens of Le Mars; Linda Arens of Vermillion, S.D.; one son, Jamie Arens and special friend, Ashley Clay, of Springfield, Mo.; two daughters, Tammy and Don Allaway of Le Mars and Kim and Phil Albert of Sioux City; seven grandchilden, Daniel and Michala Arens, Marissa, Donny and Justin Allaway, Shawn Arens and Tyler Schlotman; four brothers, Jim and Alicia Arens of Springfield, Mo., Joe and Carole Arens of Le Mars, Greg and Cindy Arens of Spink, S.D., and Marc and Barb Arens of Le Mars; three sisters, Vikki and Jack Bridgeford of Le Mars, Cindi and Gary Herman of Merrill, Sheila and Bob Kramer of Willard, Mo.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Martin and Elizabeth Arens; maternal grandparents, Harold and Gladys Jammerthal; a great-uncle, Bill Jammerthal and one infant brother, Billy.
A memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Akron with the Rev. Jon Meredith officiating. Gordy's wish was for his final resting place to be in rural Akron where he spent many of his best years.
The Schroeder Funeral Home of Akron is in charge of arrangements.