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Vernon J. Arenz

Vernon J. Arenz, 94, of Sheboygan passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

Vernon was born September 10, 1919 in Sheboygan to John and Verona (Aleff) Arenz.

He graduated from Sheboygan High School, Class of 1937.

Vernon proudly served his country in the United States Third Air Force during World War II. He retired from the Reserves after 20 years. While he was based in Louisiana, he met and married Jean Wheeler on March 24, 1945. Jean preceded him in death May 19, 2003.

The couple moved to Sheboygan where Vern returned to work for Bensman's. He moved up the ranks to become manager of Park & Shop South, retiring in 1982. In 1989, Vern became a greeter at Walmart and shared a smile and hello for 20 years.

He was an active member of the Sheboygan Church of Christ. Vern was a member and past president of the Sheboygan Rotary Club West, he also served on the United Way board of directors. For many years he was a member of the board of directors and served as president for the Sheboygan County Humane Society, as well as being a Humane Officer for 13 years.

Vernon enjoyed golfing, bowling, pool and fishing. He played cards in several bridge clubs and in his youth, he was an exceptional dancer.

Vern is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven (Lois) Arenz of Elkhart Lake and Mark (Janelle) Arenz of Sheboygan; a daughter, Susan (Dan) Gilbertson of Sheboygan; two granddaughters, Michelle and Melissa Arenz; brother, Ralph Arenz of Sheboygan; nephew, David (Laurett) Arenz; niece, Barbara (John Migala) Drummond. He is also survived by his very special friend, Dorothy Van Sluys; "adopted" grandchildren, Athena and Jaidyn Poth; his brothers and sisters in Christ, especially his "adopted" daughter Jean Johnson; his wonderful neighbors on North 30th street; and dear friends, Larry and Mary Terschner; and other family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Arenz and sister-in-law, Joann Arenz.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Ballhorn Chapels and Crematory. Guy Marshall, Minister of Sheboygan Church of Christ, will officiate. A time of visitation and support will be held at Ballhorn Chapels on Wednesday from 3:30 pm until the time of service.

Memorial funds have been established in Vernon's name for Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and the Christian Relief Fund, P.O. Box 19670, Amarillo, TX 79114-1670.

The family of Vernon would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many nurses and healthcare professionals whom he has "adopted" during the last 5 years, most recently the caring angels at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

To light a candle, send flowers and/or sign the guestbook in memory of Vern, visit

Vern will always be remembered as a wonderful father and grandfather who placed his family above himself. He loved to be with people and was a caretaker to many.



Published in Sheboygan Press from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2014
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