Arnold Martin Valentin, 86, Park Rapids, MN passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids.
Arnie was the fifth of thirteen children born to Willie and Helene Valentin on November 11, 1934 in Eden Township, MN. After graduating from Bird Island High School, Arnie joined the military where he was stationed in Korea and San Francisco. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he graduated from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis with a certificate in Auto Mechanics. Arnie lived in Rockford, MN and Tuscan, AZ working as a mechanic. Arnie loved farming, and moved to Oylen, MN in 1965 where he operated a dairy farm until he retired. Arnie married Arlene Frahm in 1998 and they retired in the Hubbard area where they enjoyed socializing and square dancing. Arnie was active in Kinship of Park Rapids area in addition to the American Legion and VFW. Arnie loved hunting and fishing and picked up several hobbies after retirement including woodworking and carving. He was a member of the Nimrod Lutheran Church and a member of Hubbard Methodist Church since 2013. Arnie will be remembered for his strong will, ready wit and sparkling eyes.
Arnie is preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Helene; siblings, Karl, William, Helen, James, Richard and Margaret; daughter-in-law, Nibe; brother-in-law, Robert Keil; and sister-in-law, Elsie.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene of Park Rapids, MN; daughters, Julie (Tim) Fraser of Sedona, AZ, Angie (David) Swank of St. Augustine, FL; sons, Tim (Laurie) of Sioux Falls, SD and Eric (Molly) of Forest Lake, MN; Rick (Cindy) Kyte of LaCrosse, WI , Bart Kyte of Virginia, MN, and Carrie (Marty) Tessman of Rosemount, MN; grandchildren, Josh, Eli, Gabriel, Taihler, Isaac, Shana, Madeline, Isabelle, Meara, Maria, William, Ariana, Ian, Evan, Sam, Addi, Shawn (Andrea), Stephanie; great grandchildren, Hudsyn, Wyatt, Landon, Ithilwin, Henryetta, Rolf, Justin (JJ), Westin, Amber, Montgomery; siblings, Martha, Walter (Doris), Bruno (Loretta), Mary Ann (Bill) Ruhland, Robert (Pam), John; sisters-in-law, Lela, Joanne; and brother-in-law, Merlin Anderson.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Sat. Sept. 18, 2021 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Park Rapids. Visitation is 4:00-6:00 p.m. Fri. Sept. 17 at the Funeral Home and for 1 hour prior to the service on Sat.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred to Kinship of Park Rapids Endowment.
Arrangements by Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN, ceasefamilyfuneralhome.com