Irwin "Doug" Arns
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Doug Arns passed away peacefully Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls after a lengthy battle against Lymphoma. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm Friday at Rude's Funeral Home in Brookings. Interment will be at the Dell Rapids Cemetery following the funeral service.
Irwin Douglas "Doug" Arns was born on April 2nd, 1930 in Pierre, SD to Wallace A. and Dora M. (Mannie) Arns. Doug attended many schools in eastern South Dakota growing up, as his father was an Engineer for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, and moved to where he was needed when developing and building South Dakota's early highways. Doug completed his high school education at Maryknoll Preparatory School in Clark's Summit, PA in 1948.
Doug attended Maryknoll Seminary College in Glen Ellyn, IL but entered the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict where he was a corpsman in a M.A.S.H. unit. Doug continued to be a U.S. Army Reservist for many years after the conflict until he was Honorably Discharged in 1962.
During the war he had worked in the pharmacy, and after returning home to the US, he enrolled into the South Dakota State University School of Pharmacy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences in 1961. It was during this time spent at SDSU where he would meet and then marry Joyce M. Duimstra of Sioux Falls, his wife of 39 years until her passing in 2001 from cancer. They had one son, Dain.
Doug and Joyce shared an interest in raising Dogs and Horses, and eventually moved to Colorado. They were both deeply involved in showing award winning Dogs for many years in the area, before eventually moving to Montana where they had a small ranch, and he continued to work as a Pharmacist until retiring after 40 years.
Doug had many interests, but had a very keen eye for photography, building RC planes, and was expertly skilled in Scrollwork using wood. He enjoyed Hunting and Fishing with his family and friends. He was a voracious reader especially when it came to one of his favorite subjects, History.
After the passing of his wife, Doug moved back to Brookings, SD to be closer to family. During this time he became interested in raising his own vineyard with the help of vineyards and wineries in the local area. He loved spending hours tending his vineyard and yard. Doug also became a member of the local American Legion Honor Guard.
Doug always had a very deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother, Mary. He was a very devout Catholic, and had incredible Faith in the Lord, even during his lengthy trial with Lymphoma. He served as Eucharistic Minister for many years. Throughout his life he always continued to read and learn more about Christianity, even up until his passing.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Joyce. He is survived by his son, Dain, brother Dale Arns, sister Mary Tuscher, and sister-in-law Julie Duimstra.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 4, 2013