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06/01/2019 - Arnold 'Arnie' Frandson

A Celebration of Life service for 85-year old Arnold D. "Arnie" Frandson of Grand Island, NE, formerly of Chadron, NE, will be at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Chadron. A reception for everyone will follow.

Interment of ashes will be at the Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery In Alliance.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Legion Bill Dowling Post #12 in the name of Arnie Frandson.
 
Arnie passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. He was born June 10, 1933 at home in Clay Center, NE, the son of Emond and Lena (Lobeda) Frandson. After graduating high school, he married Verna Mae Fehr. In June1953, he entered the United States Army. He was stationed in Korea during the Korean Conflict and honorably discharged in May 1955.

After serving his country, he worked on the family farm, operated an auto mechanic garage, and went into the trucking industry. During that time, he obtained his pilot's license and flew for several companies. Twenty years prior to his retirement, he worked for Nebraska State Parks at Fort Robinson and Chadron State Park as a wrangler and in maintenance.
 
On June 12, 1977, Arnie married Connie Muirhead in Grand Island. Arnie loved his family, his country, horses, dogs, and Cadillacs. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying picnics, camping, and hunting.
 
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chadron, serving as an usher and greeter for many years. He also was a member of the American Legion Bill Dowling Post #12 in Chadron where he was the Post Commander from 2006-2008. He served on the Honor Guard and the house committee for several years.
 
Those left to cherish his memory include wife Connie; children Sandra (BJ) Ried of Nebraska City, NE, Sherral (Harvey) Miller of Iowa City, IA, Linda (Mike) Mathis of St. Libory, NE, Michelle (Chad) Bluschke of Grand Island, NE, and Scott Smith of Wellington, CO; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant grandson.

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