John David "JD" Arndorfer

Arndorfer, John David "JD"

John David "JD" Arndorfer, 81, passed away on April 26, 2014, in the presence of his family. He was born on September 16, 1932 to Arthur "Art" and Mildred (nee Sullivan) Arndorfer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He graduated from Catholic Central High School, Green Bay in 1950. JD was a member of Sigma Tau Delta and graduated with honors and dual degrees in Philosophy and English from Marquette University in 1954. After college, JD served his country from 1955-1957 as a Corporal in the Counter-Intelligence Corps of the United States Army. He married Mary Jane "MJ" Everson of De Pere on November 28, 1959 at Saint Willebrord's Church in Green Bay. She preceded him in death on May 20, 1997.

JD was a banker. His career began as a Commercial Banker which led him from Citicorp in New York City, to the National Bank of Detroit, and finally, back to his home state serving as President of the State Bank of Kiel, First Wisconsin in Wausau, and M&I Banks in central Wisconsin. His professional career was noted for his strong work ethic, honesty, and integrity. JD was active in church and numerous civic organizations, including Rotary International and Kiwanis International.

JD personified the word 'active.' He enjoyed nothing more than playing tennis, golf, and bicycling with his wife, MJ, his four children, and friends. An avid downhill and cross-country skier, he found fulfillment in other activities such as bird watching, camping, walking, reading, history, the arts, and especially traveling. He ventured well beyond North America, traveling to Europe on numerous occasions with MJ and his children. Despite the untimely death of MJ, he continued to embrace life and participated in biking tours across Ireland, Austria, Germany, and France among other destinations. He also traveled to Japan, Thailand, and spent two weeks touring China including a five day cruise down the Yangtze River.

JD remained active even with the onset of Parkinson's disease. His children will remember him for his resilience, courage, dignity, and kindness, always accompanied by his unflagging sense of humor and his enjoyment of life.

He is survived by his children, Peter J. Arndorfer (Jill Mitchell), Mequon, WI.; Margaret M. (Michael) Stapleton, Egg Harbor, WI.; Thomas J. Arndorfer (Jane Bailey), Omaha, NE.; and John M. Arndorfer (Mary Carnazzo), Omaha, NE., grandchildren, Kerry A. Stapleton, Milwaukee, WI.; John D. Arndorfer and Michael E. Arndorfer of Omaha, NE.; and Joseph M. Arndorfer, Omaha, NE., and Erin Stapleton; Wailuku, HI., Stephanie Crisp; Front Royal, VA.; Jennifer Russo; Philadelphia, PA., Andrew Mizener; NE., Bridget Mizener; Omaha, NE., great-grandchildren, Ella Crisp and Wyatt Crisp, Front Royal, VA.; Teagan Stapleton, Wailuku, HI., brother Edmund (Corrine) Arndorfer, Manitowoc, WI.; sister Anne (Norm) Ahles, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.; sister-in-law and brother-in-laws, Edith "Tweetie" Everson, New Franken, WI., John Manley, De Pere, WI., and Robert Hoffmann, Green Bay, WI., and many loving nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his sister Mary Hoida, sister-in-laws Grace Hoffmann, Margaret Manley, Evaleen Neufeld and brother-in-laws James Everson, Donald Hoida, and Joseph Neufeld.

Friends may call at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere for a visitation service on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a closing prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will precede the funeral liturgy on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Old St. Joseph Church on the campus of St. Norbert College at 5:30 p.m. with the Mass commencing at 6:00 p.m. Rev. Jay Fostner, O. Praem will officiate all services. Burial at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Please visit to send online condolences to the Arndorfer family. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be directed to the MJ and JD Arndorfer Endowed Scholarship/St. Norbert College.


Funeral Home

Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
305 North Tenth Street De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 336-3171

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2014