Roger Arens, age 49 of Hartington, NE died on Monday, April 11, 2016 at his residence. He is the son of Helen Arens.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, April 16, 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 in Bow Valley. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-7:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Schmidt, Robert Uhing, Jason Arens, Gary Arens, Keith Koch, and John Pavelka.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jennifer Kobza, Jessica Peddie, Jonathan Heimes, Bryan Thoene, Brenda Thoene, Tess Eckmann, Mandy Clark, and Nathan Arens.
Roger Ronald Arens was born on October 14, 1966 in Yankton, SD to Damian Dennis and Helen E. (Pavelka) Arens. He was the seventh of eight children. He grew up in the Bow Valley area and graduated from Wynot High School in 1985. After graduating, Roger worked at Shurco and Northern Extrusions in Yankton, SD. He also worked at McDonald's and Hardee's in Yankton.
Roger loved playing cards, Blackjack, Rummy and going to the Fordyce Casino night. He enjoyed participating in county tractor pulls and attending national tractor pulls. Roger liked board games, farming, and talking to people at his restaurant jobs.
He is survived by his mother, Helen of Hartington; three sisters and their spouses Donna & Danny Heimes of Hartington, Norma and Dan Thoene of Fordyce, Joan Arens of Frisco, TX; sister-in-law Mary Lynn Arens of Hartington; brother-in-law Greg Johnson of Verdigre.
Roger was preceded in death by his father Damian; sister Delores Johnson; brother Chuck A. Arens on 2/2/16, brother Ronald C. Arens on 2/15/16; and sister Bette Hamilton on 3/24/16; nephew Christopher J. Heimes; niece Heather Heimes; and great niece Janet Eckmann
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Helen, Donna, Norma & Joanie I'm so sorry for your loss.
Roger was a wonderful guy who showed any interest in me and was my first love. My sincerest condolences and I know that he's with our Lord. He's joining his loved ones and is in no more pain. I'll pray for all of you. All my love and prayers.
I am so sorry to hear of Rogers passing. I have not seen him in many years but he was a friend of my brother Dennis & they were in each others Weddings. May God hold you in his loving arms & walk you through this difficult time. My heart is so heavy for your family as I know you've had a lot of loss so quickly. You are in my prayers.
I was so sorry to hear of Roger's passing, I worked with him at Hardees in Yankton. He always was such a nice guy, he will be missed. please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
lori (Deutsch) Madden
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