John Robert "Bob" Arens, 86, of Kellogg, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.
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He was born March 12, 1927, in Wabasha, the son of Matthew and Bess (O'Dell) Arens. He proudly served in the U. S. Army during World War II from 1945-1946. Receiving his honorable discharge in October 1946, he returned home from his assignment in Mannheim, Germany. He later joined the U.S. Army Reserves, serving from 1951 to 1954. He attended Dunwoody Institute and Minneapolis Vocational School. Bob worked for Minneapolis Moline in Hopkins until 1960. While there, he was a member of the Hopkins volunteer fire department. The family moved to Kellogg in 1962 where he worked at Arens Implement Company and at Gould Foundry in Lake City until retiring in 1995. On June 20, 1950, Bob married Charlotte Ness at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg.
Bob was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg. He was a 67-year member of the Kellogg American Legion Post #546 and a life member of the Wabasha Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post #4086. He was also a member of the Kellogg volunteer fire department.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Arens, Kellogg; his children, Judi (Jeff) Morgan, Rochester, Dave (Julie) Arens, Kapolei, Hawaii, Steve (Karen) Arens, Kellogg, Karen Mary Arens, Kellogg, Mary (Jeff) Agin, Kellogg and Roger Arens (Patti Hodgman), Claremont; grandchildren, Erik Morgan, Philadelphia, Pa., Brenda (Sam) Passe, Rochester, Adam Arens (fiance, Rebecca Todd), St. Charles, Brad (Andrea) Arens, Mazeppa, Maria (Damian) Morgan-Bathke, Rochester, Jerry Agin, St. Charles and Savannah Agin, Kellogg; seven great-grandchildren, Riley, Anna, Adriana, Allie, Caleb, Thomas, and a new baby girl to be born this week; brother, Richard Arens, Lonsdale; sister, Elinor Graner, Kellogg; sister-in-law, Janice Arens, Kellogg; brother-in-law, Dan (Mary) Dinneen, Mandan, N.D.; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Odell "Buzz" Arens and William "Bill" Arens; sister, Margaret "Betty" Dittrich; sisters-in-law, Lil Arens, Carol Dinneen, Adelaide Binner and Eleanore Arens; and brothers-in-law, Bub Binner, Orville Dittrich, Bill Graner and Wayne Ness.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg, with his great-nephew, the Rev. Father Patrick Odell Arens officiating and the Rev. Monsignor Thomas Cook concelebrating.
Casket bearers will be Adam Arens, Brad Arens, Jerry Agin, Sam Passe, Erik Morgan and Damian Morgan-Bathke.
Honorary bearers will be Brenda Passe, Maria Morgan-Bathke, Savannah Agin, Andrea Arens and Rebecca Todd.
Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Kellogg and Wabasha American Legion Posts and the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post.
Family and friends may call at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., where there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m., and they may also call at the church on Thursday one hour before the service.
Memorials are preferred to St. Elizabeth's Community Foundation, 1200 Grant Blvd. W., Wabasha, MN 55981, or to a
The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements. abbottfh.com
Abbott Funeral Home
236 W 2Nd St
Wabasha, MN 55981
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Mar. 11, 2014