Arthur Palmer Fladstol
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Conrad, MT —Arthur Palmer Fladstol, 84, died at the Pondera Medical Center Extended Care Facility in Conrad, MT of complications related to congestive heart failure on Thursday, January 9th.
Art was born on December 5, 1929 in Zimmerman, Minnesota, the first child of Palmer and Dorothy Fladstol. When he was 7 years old, he moved with his family to the Conrad area, where his family began farming. He went to school in Conrad and graduated from Conrad High School in 1948. After working in Fort Benton and then farming with his father for a few years, he was drafted into the armed services in 1951. He spent two years in the Army, stationed for most of that time in Okinawa during the Korean War. When he got out of the service, he worked various jobs on farms around the Conrad area until he began working with his father as a carpenter.
He met the love of his life, Barbara Jean Hicks, early in 1957 and they were married on October 5th of that year. They began their life together on a farm north of town and their family was complete with the addition of a son Richard in 1958 and another son Steven in 1961. In 1962, Art left the farm and became the head custodian at Conrad High School. In order to take care of his family, he drove school bus morning and night, and for a few years he even worked nights as a mechanic.
In 1981, after both sons had graduated from high school and moved on to college at Montana State University, Art left his job in Conrad and moved to Bozeman where he was employed as the head custodian at Bozeman Senior High School. After five years there, he transferred to Irving Elementary School, and then six years later, he retired.
In 1995, they moved back to Conrad where they lived until Barbara's death in 2010. When Barbara passed away, the loneliness was almost too much to bear, so he sold the house and moved to the Horizon Lodge, where he lived for the last few years of his life.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, Palmer and Dorothy, and by his wife of 52 years, Barbara. He is survived by his brothers Clinton, Clifford, and Terry (Karla), sons Richard (Kay) and Steven (Teri), grandchildren Karen Thomas (Brock), Elliana, and Deacon Fladstol, great-grandchildren Kayla, Kenna, and Kinley Thomas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Conrad Mission Church on Saturday, January 25th at 2 P.M.
Pondera Funeral Home
302 S Main St Conrad, MT 59425
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 19, 2014