Arnold A. "Arnie" Welter, 81, of Carroll, former longtime Le Mars resident, died suddenly at Boulder, Colo., on Saturday Oct. 22, 2005, while visiting his son and family.
Arnie was born Oct. 4, 1924, at Oyens, the son of George and Dora (Ruppert) Welter. He grew up in the Oyens and Le Mars area, graduated from Le Mars Central High School and attended Westmar College in Le Mars. From 1943-1945, Arnie served his country with the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Corporal.
He married Rosemary E. "Rosie" Bohlke on Jan. 28, 1947, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. Arnie and Rosemary lived their entire married lives in Le Mars. During his lifetime, he had been employed with Le Mars Transfer, Gehlen Catholic Schools, and as a custodian for the Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars. His wife Rosemary died March 3, 1993. Shortly after Rosemary's death, Arnie moved to Carroll, so he could be close to his daughter and family.
He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll and a former longtime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Arnie was an avid sports fan and had been an announcer for many of the Gehlen Jays football games, while he lived in Le Mars. He thoroughly enjoyed all of his grandchildren's sporting and life events. For the last five years, Arnie was an avid fan of the Carroll Saints Softball Team.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Kay Quandt and her husband, Daniel of Carroll; a son, David J. Welter and his wife, Lori of Longmont, Colo.; six grandchildren, Jenny (Quandt) and her husband, Jamie Hauser of Le Mars, Joe Quandt of Tama, Katie (Quandt) and her husband, Ben Terlisner of Ames, Steven Welter of Longmont, Colo., Jessica Welter of Longmont, Colo., and Karla Quandt of Carroll; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion Reuhlen of Odessa, Fla.; five sisters-in-law, Kathryne Welter of Lincoln, Neb., Shirley Traufler of Le Mars, Delores Bohlke of Kingsley, Marilyn Hoffman and her husband, Don of Le Mars, and Lois Hageman and her husband, Lamont of Le Mars; two brothers-in-law, Ray Bohlke of Le Mars, and Floyd Bohlke and his wife, Bonnie of Sioux City; an aunt, Agnes Ruppert of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary; a son in infancy; three brothers, Norbert, Sylvester, and LeRoy Welter; his parents, George and Dora Welter; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Cecelia Bohlke; three brothers-in-law, Clayton Bohlke, Bill Traufler, and Don Thill; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Thill.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Kevin Richter presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Military honors will be provided by Wasmer Post 241 of the American Legion. Visitation at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars will be after 3 p.m. Friday, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour visitation at the church before the funeral on Saturday.