Arnold Greatens

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ARNOLD "ARNIE"
M. GREATENS, 92

LAKELAND - Arnold (Arnie) M. Greatens, 92, of Lakeland, FL, entered his eternal home on Jan. 23, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by five sons, Randy, Bartow, FL, Curtiss, Madison, WI, Neal, Monroe, MI, Kevin (Gretchen), Sheboygan, WI, and Mark (Sandra), Lakeland, FL. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, JoAnn Greatens-Lakeland, FL. He is further survived by 14 grandchildren, Joell, Michael, Erik, Renae, Aaron, Sarah, Matthew, Rebekah, Zachariah, Naomi, Josiah, Josh, Jake, and Jessica. Also surviving are two sisters, Helen Ambrosius and Shirley Aerts and four brothers, Ralph, Donald, Joseph, and William Greatens. Further survivors are 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Arnie is also survived by his "adopted" son and caretaker, Mark (Sheryl) Shetterly-Marietta, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his son, Brian; his grandson, Kirk; and several brothers and sisters.
Arnie was born on July 13, 1920, in Green Bay, WI. He married Helen Hock in 1941 and moved to Chicago, IL to work at a steel mill. He served his country by joining the U.S. Navy from 1943-1944 as a Fireman 1st Class and then moved to Black Creek, WI to operate a dairy farm. In 1954, Arnie moved his family to Winter Haven, FL where he worked with his family in the construction business for many years. Arnie enjoyed fishing, playing cards, traveling, going to church, and spending time with his family. Arnie was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lakeland, FL. Cremation Services of Mid Florida is assisting the family with final arrangements and a private family service.
The family wants to thank Good Shepherd Hospice, especially Kris Higgins and the Lavender Team, for their excellent care and compassion.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7
Published in Ledger on Jan. 30, 2013
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