Frank Atton Arneson, age 83, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, December 22, 2015, while on a Christmas trip to Arizona.
A memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial will take place at 1:30 PM on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.
Frank was born on May 20, 1932 in Avon, South Dakota to Edwin M. and Emma (Schmoll) Arneson. He graduated Tyndall High School in 1950. In 1953 Frank joined the Sixth Armored Division in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri (93rd) AFA. He was in the National Guard from 1954 to 1959, receiving his honorable discharge in March of 1959 from Springfield, South Dakota. Frank married Rita Walden on January 30, 1955. In April of 1963 Frank retired as police chief of Tyndall and moved his family to Yankton, joining the Yankton Police Department. He graduated from the National F.B.I. Academy on June 22, 1973.
Frank was a member of the Yankton Lions Club beginning in 1981 and a member of Skywatch. He will be remembered as an avid hunter and fisherman, which took him on many adventures across the United States and Canada. Frank was an active member of the Yankton community and will be missed by many friends and family, including his special friend, Betty Huber.
Frank is survived by four children: Steven Arneson of Yankton; Tony (Diane) Arneson of Yankton; Susan Arneson of Scotland, South Dakota; Sherrill Selwyn of Rapid City, South Dakota; nine grandchildren: Charity, Nicholas, Steven Jr., Beth, Angela, Doug, Justin, Kayla, and Carly; five great grandchildren: Luke, Brad, Rylie, Madison, and Nichole; two sisters, Lucille (Vern) Bures of Pickstown, South Dakota and Hazel Ferwerda of Florida; and brother, Don (Marie) Arneson of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Keith Arneson; two brothers: Lester and Clarence; and two sisters: Evelyn Fuchs and Gladys Kryger.
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My prayers and sympathies are with the family of Chief Arneson.
Leon Cantin Former Yankton Police Chief.
So sad to read this. Frank was always a special, kind man.
Just learned today of Frank's passing, my deepest sympathies to his children and grandchildren. When my father passed away Frank was there for my sister and brother, he was a great comfort to us. You are all in my prayers.
Jo Schmoll Fox
I enjoyed Frank and his many stories of his hunting and fishing adventures. We had numerous conversations and I learned so much from him. He will be missed.
Cathy Larson Cardiac Rehabilitation
So sorry to learn of Franks passing. I enjoyed knowing him and working with him very much. I loved his sense of humer. He will be missed.
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