Arnold "Arnie" Tonner, 72, of Le Mars, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Arnold Tonner was born March 6, 1933, in Cherokee, the son of Otto and Dora (Nissen) Tonner. He grew up on the family farm near Primghar. He joined the U.S. Navy in December 1950 and served on the USS Badeoing Strait during the Korean War. He was awarded four medals during his service: National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1954.
Arnold was united in marriage to Lyola C. Hansen on Feb. 12, 1955, at St. Peter & Paul's Catholic Church in Wheatridge, Colo., where they resided for six months and then moved to Worthington, Minn. They moved to California in 1960 where Arnold was employed by Knudsen and Arden Dairies. Returning to Worthington in 1967, Arnie started his career with Wells' Dairy. In 1969, the family moved to Le Mars, the home office of Wells' Dairy Inc., where Arnie enjoyed a 28-year career with the company, retiring in 1995 as National Director of Distributor Sales. From 1995 to 1999, Arnie was an International Sales Consultant for Wells' Dairy.
Arnie and Lyola celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 12, 2005, with all of their children and grandchildren present. During their 50 years of marriage, Arnie and Lyola enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Arnie's hobbies included hunting, fishing, golfing, and playing cards with his family and friends.
Arnie was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council #1466. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW.
Arnie was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Lyola of Le Mars; a son, Michael and his wife, Debra of Le Mars; daughters, Susan "Susie" Utech and her husband, Terry of Yankton, S.D., Cathy Ludwig and her husband, Tim of Charlotte, N.C., and Janet Crick and her husband, Bill of Roanoke, Va.; and his 10 grandchildren: Alixis Ludwig, Adam Crick and his fiancée Jordan Brien, Jessica Utech, Brianna Tonner, Allyson Crick, Taylor Ludwig, Kelsey Ludwig, Nathaniel Tonner, Stephanie Utech and Andrew Tonner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Dora Tonner, three brothers, John, Leo and Arnie's twin brother Donald; and an infant sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Daniel Greving presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars, with military honors provided by Wasmer Post 241 of the American Legion.
Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. A Scriptural Wake Service will be at 7 p.m., and the Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m., at the funeral home Thursday evening.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Adam Crick, Taylor Ludwig, Nathaniel Tonner and nephews, Dan Pearson and Greg Pearson and friend Dan Duran.