Arnold Bierle, age 83, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Funeral services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, April 6, 2015 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Sunday, April 5, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are his grandsons: Jason and Austin Bierle, Matthew, Nathan and Jonathan Nakamura, Tanner, Travis, and Trenten Skorepa.
Arnold was born August 4, 1931 at home in Lesterville, South Dakota to Henry and Vivian (Vanorny) Bierle. He was baptized and confirmed at Martinus Lutheran Church in rural Utica, South Dakota. He attended Rockland School in Lesterville and then started farming with his dad. In 1954, Arnold joined the United States Army and was stationed in Bethesda, Maryland. On May 23, 1956, he married Naomi Sorenson in Yankton. They lived in Utica and Arnold worked for the Corp of Engineers then for Sears in delivery and maintenance department, and finally at Alumax, which is now Sapa. He retired in 1993 and enjoyed cutting hay and working part-time planting grass with the Yankton County Conservation District. Arnold loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping. He also enjoyed his horses and playing cards. He was a big sports fan who loved playing baseball and watching his favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Twins. Arnold loved attending his grandchildren's activities and treasured the time with his family.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Naomi Bierle of Yankton; four children: Randy (Janelle) Bierle of Aberdeen, SD, Cheryl (Roger) Gregg of Yankton, Lori (Grant) Nakamura of Fresno, CA and Lisa (Larry) Skorepa of Utica; 13 grandchildren: Jason and Austin Bierle, Rachel (Bert) Cross, Matthew, Nathan and Jonathan Nakamura, Kayla (Mike) Pavel, Calsie (Ben) Donker, Kristina, Carley, Tanner, Travis and Trenten Skorepa; four great grandchildren: Vivian and Annalynne Cross and Lane and Elsie Pavel; brother, Richard (Judy) Bierle of Lesterville; mother-in-law, Esther Sorenson of Yankton; brother-in-law, Robert Gravholt of Lesterville; sister-in-law, Cecilia Sorenson of Yankton; aunt, Evelyn Bierle of Lesterville; and several nieces and nephews.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Gravholt; father-in-law, Melvin Sorenson; and brother-in-law, Wayne Sorenson.
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My sincere sympathy goes out to Arnold's family. I worked with Arnie many years ago at Alumax and remember him as a wonderful, caring person. He will be missed by many.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Arnold's family, worked with Arnie at Alumax for many years was a geat leader to people who worked under him, gentle as a teddy bear, strong as an ox, i am sure the gentle giant will be missed by all who knew him.
My sincere sympathy to Naomi and family. I enjoyed the time we spent in the Army and our Army reunions with Arnold.
I served with Arnold with the 70 AAA Gun Battlion in the 50's. He was always fun to be around. We called him the Big One. Also got to see him at some of the reunions of our gun battlion.
He was a hard worker but traveled many miles to watch his grandchildren participate in sports. A gentle man with a hardy laugh. The Cowboys are missing a big fan.
Deb Smith, Aberdeen
Am so glad we got to see him again the last few years after about 50 years since we were in the army together.
Our sincere sympathy, Jim & Darlene Harden
He was a fine fellow. You have my condolences. Best to you. John P. Blackburn
John P. Blackburn
Cheryl & family:
You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father.
We wanted to express our deepest sympathy and to offer our love, support and prayers to all of you. Please know that God is caring for you through the hands and hearts of others. It is never easy losing a loved one but we hope that you treasure the many happy memories you have of Arnold.
Dennis & JoAnn Bierle
Naomi and family, Theresa and I send our sympathy to you . God be surround you and your family.
Shirley McCloud and Theresa Archuleta
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