William J. "Bill" Arens, of Le Mars, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, at the age of 51.
William Joseph Arens was born Jan. 16, 1954, at Le Mars, the son of Marty and Donna (Wiebersch) Arens. He was raised and educated in Le Mars, graduating from Gehlen Catholic High School in 1972. He then attended Western Iowa Community College in Sioux City, where he graduated with a degree in retail sales.
Bill married Dorothy Ott on Sept. 4, 1982, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens. The couple made their home at Le Mars, where Bill worked for many years as a painting contractor with his father. For the last several years, he owned and operated Pro Painting in Le Mars.
Bill was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council 1466, a 19-year member of A.A., and Play to Grow Foundation for challenged children.
Bill enjoyed fishing trips at the trailer with his family and friends. His three greatest treasures were his faith, his sobriety, and his family.
Survivors include his devoted and loving wife Dorothy, and their children Matt and Nicole, all of Le Mars; his mother and father, Donna and Marty Arens of Le Mars; four brothers, Mike Arens and his wife, Renee of Mason City, Dave Arens and his wife, Vicky of Le Mars, Steve Arens of Sioux City, and Paul Arens of Le Mars; six sisters, Pat Price and her husband Geof of Le Mars, Mary Carlson of Brewster, Minn., Karen Aber and her husband, Jerry of Bloomington, Minn., Barb Williams and her husband, Brian of Des Moines, Martha Toben and her husband, Rod of Le Mars, and Ellen Arens of Le Mars; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Bill is also survived by a sister-in-law and her husband, Mary Kay and Harold Pardew of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a niece, Danielle West and her husband Dan of Lakeside, Ariz.; and a nephew, Danny Ott and his wife Julie of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Martin and Elizabeth Arens, Fred and Grace Wiebersch, and Rose Wiebersch; his mother- and father-in-law Loretta and Elmer Ott; and a brother-in-law, Dan Ott.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. James Tigges as celebrant. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation at St. James Church began at 3 p.m. Sunday, where there was a parish rosary at 4 p.m., a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m. There was also one hour of visitation at the church on Monday prior to the Mass.
Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.