Charles Anthony Arens, age 58 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley, Nebraska with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Hames, Bryan Thoene, Will Koch, Jonathan Heimes, Karl Tanderup, and Zach Kramer. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck's grandchildren, Jackson Arens, Owen Eckmann, Myranda Eckmann, Rydder Eckmann, Landon Clark, Wyatt Clark, Sarah Clark, and Myles Clark.
Charles Anthony Arens was born on April 26, 1957 in Crofton, Nebraska to Damian Dennis and Helen E. (Pavelka) Arens. He grew up in the Bow Valley area and went to country school for kindergarten and 1st grade. He attended 2nd-6th grades at St. Peter & Paul in Bow Valley. Charles graduated from Wynot High School in 1975. After graduation he worked on the farm with his dad. He then worked at Gurney's Seed & Nursery in Yankton and then worked 13 years at the Cheese Plant in Hartington. Charles worked at the Prison in Yankton, SD and worked for a hay farmer in South Dakota where he was able to work with his son Nathan. Chuck's final employment was at Bloom N Egg Farm in Bloomfield, NE.
Charles was a member of Holy Family parish in Bow Valley. He loved watching and participating in tractor pulls. He enjoyed working on cars and tractors as well as being able to identify various bird calls. Chuck was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lynn of Hartington; three children and spouses Teresa "Tess" Eckmann of Bloomfield; Mandy and Michael Clark of Hartington, Nathan Arens of Hartington; his mother Helen Arens of Hartington; 8 grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters and spouses Donna and Danny Heimes of Hartington, Norma and Dan Thoene of Fordyce, Bette Hamilton of Crofton, Ronald Arens of Coleridge, Roger Arens of Hartington, Joan F. Arens of Frisco, TX; brother-in-law Greg Johnson of Verdigre.
Charles was preceded in death by his father Damian; a sister Delores Johnson; granddaughter Janet Lynn Eckmann, and father-in-law Cyril Koch.
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Rest In Peace. You will Be missed.
Richard & Jackie Koch
I am so, so sorry about your loss. May God comfort you during this time of lose. My prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless!
So sorry for your loss.praying for you all.
Mary Lynn and Family,
So sorry for your loss! May God bless you with the strength during this difficult time. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!
Mary Lynn and family, we are so sorry for your loss! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!
Joe and Karen Boehmer
Mary Lynn & Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May you find God's strength in His love during this difficult time, and remember everything happens for a reason.
Janet & Ron Burbach
Mary Lyn and family, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Our deepest sympathies.
Scott and Susan Dunn and Family
God bless Mary Lynn and your entire family at this difficult time. I know Chuck is in heaven watching tractor pulls with his loving sister Delores and his father Damian. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who knew him.
Mary Lyn and family Words can not express how I feel for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary Lyn and your family.
Jan and Shorty
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