Arnold Jerome Auel was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Leaf River Township, Wadena County, the son of George and Gladys (Lawson) Auel. Arnold's baptism was at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena. In June 1938, he was confirmed catholic as Arnold Jerome William Auel. Arnold was raised and schooled in the Wadena area. Following his schooling he worked alongside his father on farms in Minnesota and North Dakota to help support the family.
In 1943 Arnold was drafted into the US Navy. During World War II, Arnold served aboard the USS Sylvania AKA-44, a cargo vessel and troop carrier serving the south Pacific. Following his discharge after the war Arnold returned to Minnesota.
On Nov. 1, 1947 he was united in marriage to Lois Jordan at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hancock. On Nov. 3, 1948, Arnold was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris. The couple made their home in the Morris area where they farmed at Hancock, Cyrus and Alberta. Arnold started farming by helping his father-in-law, Ross Jordan. He also worked with his uncles Seth, Russell, and Royal Lawson. Arnold completed "Ag School" education at Morris. The couple was blessed with three children, Patricia, Donald and Robert.
In 1961 the family moved to Brandon where they bought a farm. In 1970 Arnold began working for Midland Coop. He also did sales at Newhouse Machinery. In 1975 Arnold began his own business, Arnie's Dairy. He also built a new home north of Brandon. Arnold never retired. He continued operating his business until recently when he liquidated his inventory due to health concerns. Whenever Arnold was able to, he continued to provide service and know-how to his customers. Arnold's work was his hobby. He loved what he did. Arnold was a kind-hearted man who was always willing to help out others.
Arnold also enjoyed card games; his favorites were whist, pinnacle and cribbage. He especially enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to play. He loved to meet his friends for coffee and shake the dice. In his younger years he served as a 4-H Leader. Later he continued to support 4-H by providing dairy equipment for the milking parlor at the Douglas County Fair. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a charter member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Morris and served several terms of office for the church council.
On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, Arnold died at the age of eighty-five years. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Eugene Auel; and two brothers-in-law, George Ley and Joe Sauer. Arnold is survived by his wife, Lois Auel of Alexandria; one daughter, Patricia Knudsen and husband, Donald, of Omaha, Neb.; two sons, Donald Auel and wife, Karen, of Elk River and Robert Auel and wife, Dianne, of Alexandria; grandchildren, Todd (Julie) Knudsen, Michael (Stephanie) Knudsen, Shawn (Christina) Knudsen, John (Sarah) Auel, Ryan Auel, Jeff (Heidi) Auel, Tamara Auel, Jason (Angela) Auel and Rebecca (Eric) Wymore; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Bernietta Ley of Dodgeville, WI, Genevieve Sauer of Sheldon, Iowa, MaryAnn Butzin and husband, Carl, of Sebeka and Janice Hofer and husband, Ed, of Marana, Ariz.; brothers, Leonard Auel and wife, Rosalie, of Gilbert, and Lee Auel and wife, Ellie, of Pilager; one sister-in-law, Naomi Auel of Hibbing; two aunts, Violet DeRung of Chisago and Ida Lawson of Morris; one uncle, Royal Lawson of Hoffman; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March13, 2010 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Elton Hallauer will officiate. Interment will follow in the Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.