The Ottumwa Courier


May 9, 2012

Willis J. Arendt, 89, Hedrick

HEDRICK — Willis J. Arendt, 89, of Hedrick, died May 7, 2012, at Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield.

He was born Dec. 22, 1922, at Hedrick, the son of John and Louisa Korfhage Arendt. On Nov. 27, 1941, he was united in marriage to Zora Ruth Miars at Lancaster, Mo., and she died Feb. 4, 2007.

He graduated from Hedrick High School with the class of 1940. Following graduation, he went to work on the farm and continued farming until his retirement in 1995. He also worked at Martinsburg Lumber for approximately 20 years. He loved puzzle books, especially word searches.

He was a very dedicated and loving husband. He was a caregiver to his wife for many years. Willis loved fishing, his dog Wheezer and his cats Pee Wee and Missy. He was a 50-year member of the Lions, a member of the Hedrick Band Boosters, Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church and held several offices within the church and taught Sunday school classes for several years.

Willis is survived by his sons, Robert (Sandy) Arendt of Ottumwa and Warren (Gary Noble) Arendt of Hedrick; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 65 years, Zora Ruth Arendt; a daughter, Willa Mathews; his parents; a sister, Dorothy Kielkopf; and a son-in-law, Hollis Hill.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Fremont Funeral Chapel in Fremont; with Rev. Melvin Reth officiating. Burial will be in Brooks Cemetery near Hedrick.

Visitation will begin at noon Thursday with the family present at the funeral chapel from 6-8 p.m. to greet friends and relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church or to Wapello County Hospice.

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