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Arnold M. (Arnie) Greatens

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Greatens, Arnold (Arnie) M.

Arnold (Arnie) M. Greatens, 92, of Lakeland, FL, entered his eternal home on Jan. 23, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by five sons Randy- Bartow, FL, Curtiss-Madison, WI, Neal-Monroe, MI, Kevin (Gretchen)-Sheboygan, WI, and Mark (Sandra)-Lakeland, FL. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, JoAnn Greatens-Lakeland, FL. He is further survived by 14 grandchildren- Joell, Michael, Erik, Renae Zientek, Aaron, Sarah Lee, Matthew, Rebekah Cabella, Zachariah, Naomi Robinson, Josiah, Joshua, Jacob, and Jessica.

Also surviving are four brothers and two sisters Helen Ambrosius, Ralph, Donald, Shirley Aerts, Joseph, and William. Further survivors are 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Arnie is also survived by his "adopted" son and caretaker, Mark (Sheryl) Shetterly-Marietta, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Hock), his son Brian, his grandson Kirk, and several brothers and sisters. Arnie was born on July 13, 1920, in Green Bay, WI.

He married Helen Hock on Nov. 1, 1941 and moved to Chicago, IL to work at a steel mill. He served his country by joining the U.S. Navy in 1943 as a Fireman 1st Class and then moved to Black Creek, WI to operate a dairy farm. In 1954, Arnie moved his family to Winter Haven, FL where he worked with family members in the construction business for many years. Arnie enjoyed fishing, playing cards, traveling, going to church, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Arnie was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lakeland, FL and Mid-Florida Cremation Services of Davenport, FL is assisting the family with final arrangements.

The family wants to thank Good Shepherd Hospice, especially Kris Higgins and the Lavender Team, for their excellent care. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 28, 2013
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