Arnold Rach, 92


Arnold Harold Rach, 92, of a resident of Browerville, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at the Central Todd County Care Center.
A funeral service was held Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Clarissa. Pastor Melissa Ehrhardt officiated. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Clarissa.
Arnie was born on Oct. 4, 1921 in Bartlett Township to Otto and Nora (Grewe) Rach. He was baptized and confirmed on April 14, 1935 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township. Arnie was a pitcher on the Bartlett Church softball team. He grew up on a farm in rural Bertha and attended School District No. 42. Before his marriage, Arnie farmed with his father and worked for John Deere and a construction company building the road between Staples and Wadena. He also worked for a summer in North Dakota.
Arnie met Helen Irene Moore on Jan. 19, 1946 at the River Inn in Aldrich. They were united in marriage on Sunday, June 20, 1948 in Wadena. Arnie and Irene always celebrated two anniversaries, the day they met and the day they were married. In 1950, they moved to their farm in Browerville. Arnie was a dairy farmer and also worked for Bob Kolodjis DeLaval Service and for Lowell Swanson as a block layer. After his retirement from farming in 1986, Arnie worked for Ray Desotell, Wesleys Meat Processing, Partekas Deer Processing and Horseshoe Lake Potato Farms.
Over the years Arnie enjoyed fishing, trapping, bowling, playing cards and watching the Twins. Arnie was a deer hunter and always looked forward to spending time with the deer hunting party. When he was no longer able to hunt, he would keep the woodstove going in the milk house for the hunters return and enjoyed hearing all their stories.
Arnie was an active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, which became Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Clarissa. He taught Sunday school, Release Time, and was a member of the church council. Together with Irene, Arnie raised his children in a Christ centered home. His faith was always strong and reading the Bible in the evening with Irene was a daily routine, until her passing. Irene was the love of his life and often expressed how he looked forward to the day they would be reunited once again.
Arnie is preceded in death by his wife; son Alan; grandson Jordan; parents; brothers: Clarence, Alvin, Fred, Elmer and Dwayne; sisters: Darlene, Adeline and Selma.
Arnie is survived by his children: David (Julie) Rach of Brooklyn Center, Lori (Bob) Anderson of Clarissa, Julie Ann Rach of Long Prairie; grandchildren: Sheree Volkmann and Sarah Anderson; great grandchildren: Bryce Rach, Brennen and Jenna Volkmann; brother Wallace (Shirley) Rach of Overland Park, KS and sister Betty Eisenbraun of Bertha.
Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home, Browerville

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