Arthur Rentmeester Jr. (1949 - 2011)

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Mr. Arthur J. Rentmeester, Jr. died peacefully, yet unexpectedly, at home of natural causes on Sept. 6, 2011. He was 62 years young. A celebration of life will be held at Tanglewood Golf Club, located at 11801 Brayton Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.

He was born on Feb. 26, 1949, in Oneida, Wis. He left Wisconsin at 19 to join the Navy. He served in Viet Nam and Desert Storm. He transferred to Alaska in January of 1995, where he retired as a Senior Chief with almost 30 years of service. He went to work as a metal fabricator for BC Excavating, where he was employed until his passing.

He had a degree in business, but preferred working with his hands. He belonged to the Newport, Minn., Masonic Lodge and the Osmond Shrine, also of Minnesota. He enjoyed working with wood and metal found object sculptures, which were displayed at several Anchorage area galleries.

He was an honorable man, a mentor, best friend, husband, grandfather and father. He has set the bar for those that come after. He was loved and respected by many. He was a gentle giant and heaven's gates stood open for him.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, De Rentmeester, Anchorage; sisters, Mary Ann Motquin and Patricia Rattle, both of Wisconsin; daughters, Heather Rentmeester Weldon, Anchorage; Kellie Zych (Dan), Fridley, Minn.; son, Kraig Blair, Richfield, Minn.; grandchildren, Andrew Weldon and Emily Weldon, Anchorage; Jason Nodean, Danny Zych, Melodie Dennison, Kayla Grabowski, Aleah Blair, Thomas Blair, Joe Zych (grandson by marriage) and great-grandson, Lucas Zelman, all of Minnesota.

Flowers can be sent to Tanglewood Golf Club.

Arrangements were entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home, Kehl's Chapel.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Nov. 6, 2011
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