John Bernard Arnts

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

John Bernard Arnts, age 80, of Clarence, Mo. and formerly of Alta, died Nov. 1, 2010 at his home in Missouri.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Schaller. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.

John Bernard Arnts was born Jan. 13, 1930 in Storm Lake, the son of Bernard and Zena (Lansink) Arnts. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was raised on the family farm in rural Alta where he attended Maple Valley # 8 Country School in rural Alta and later graduated from Alta High School in 1948.

Following high school graduation, John began farming until he enlisted in the United States Army. He served his country during the Korean Conflict as a medic until he was honorably discharged.

In 1963, John was united in marriage to Mary Ann Taylor in Omaha, Neb. Together they made their home in Bedford. During this time, they enjoyed traveling all over the United States. After Mary Ann's health diminished, they moved to Clarence, Mo. where they purchased the Trails End Motel. This employment allowed him to care for Mary Ann.

John was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clarence, Knights of Columbus and American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and listening to music.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sisters: Mary (Mike) Rath of Grand Meadows, Minn.; Josephine Goeser of Council Bluffs; sister-in-law, Eileen Arnts of Storm Lake; brother-in-law, Harold Ness of Rembrandt; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Ann in 1994; infant brother, Francis; sisters, Sr. Elise (Agnes) Arnts; Margaret Ness; brother, Joseph Arnts; and brother-in-law, Vincent Goeser.