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Arnold John Garbers

August 7, 1925 March 5, 2018
Arnold John Garbers
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Obituary for Arnold John Garbers

ARNOLD JOHN GARBERS was born on August 7, 1925 at home. Their home was a farm near White, South Dakota which was the old Frank Kippman place. He was baptized at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton, Minnesota by Rev. Heilig. When asked about when he was saved, Arnold’s response was that he went to a meeting, and it influenced him so much that he went off by himself and told God that he wanted to be a Christian. On January 29, 1945 he entered into the United States Army and served in Hawaii during WW2. He was on a ship headed to Hawaii when the Japanese surrendered, so he didn’t actually see combat. He was then assigned as an ambulance driver. He joked through the years that the Japanese knew he was coming, so they gave up. Upon his honorable discharge on October 17, 1946, he attended Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis.

On November 13, 1948 he was united in marriage to Esther Schuller. After their marriage they farmed in Hopkins, Minnesota. Their first child, Sherry, was born in Minneapolis in 1951. After this time the family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where a son, John, was born in 1955. Some time later they moved to Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Their son, Alan, was born in 1961.

Arnold also attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis to become a diesel mechanic which he did until he retired. After their retirement, they moved to Lake Benton and bought the farm which Arnold enjoyed working on. Esther and Millie Terhark were good friends and Esther and Arnold invited Millie to join them on some of their outings. When Esther preceded Arnold in death on April 15, 1997, Arnold realized he enjoyed Millie’s companionship and he proposed to her later that year and the two were married on December 26, 1997. In 2015, Arnold moved up to Perham, Minnesota to the Prairie View Assisted Living to be nearer his daughter. On Monday, March 5, 2018, he passed away at Perham Health at the age of 92 years, six months, and 28 days.

Arnold was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lake Benton, Minnesota. He loved to travel. The family took vacations to California several times. In later years, Arnold and Esther made several trips to Europe sightseeing and to visit family (Germany for Arnold; Norway for Esther). The two also went on a tour to Greece, Rome, and the Holy Land. More recently, he took a trip to Alaska with Millie.

Arnold is lovingly remembered by his wife, Millie, of Balaton, Minnesota; his children, Sherry Garbers Dwire of Sebeka, Minnesota, and Alan (Dianna) Garbers of Martinsville, Indiana; two siblings, Herbert (Rose) Garbers of Edina, Minnesota, and Erna Salmonsen of Hastings, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Linda Hagevold Garbers of Bloomington, Minnesota; grandchildren, Jesse Dwire, Jason Dwire, Terra Dwire Fine, Jeremiah (Tanja) Dwire, Erica (Ben) Pulvermacher, and Dustin Garbers; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Emily, and Madelyn Ziegler, Lydia, Faith, and Elaina Dwire, and Ellery and Ian Fine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents; one infant son, John; three sisters, Viola Hokins, Lydia Van Dyke and Elfreida (infant); and two brothers, Erwin and Marvin Garbers.

Memorials are preferred to the non-profit that was started by Arnold's grandson and his wife. This organization is called the 7:10 Foundation. Donations may be given at the following web address:

http://www.710foundation.org/

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Visitation

Saturday

10

Mar

1:00 PM 3/10/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 3/10/2018 2:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church - Lake Benton

504 US Hwy 75
Lake Benton, MN 56149

First Baptist Church - Lake Benton
504 US Hwy 75 Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

10

Mar

2:00 PM 3/10/2018 2:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church - Lake Benton

504 US Hwy 75
Lake Benton, MN 56149

First Baptist Church - Lake Benton
504 US Hwy 75 Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

Oakwood Drive
Lake Benton, MN 56149

Oakwood Drive Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States
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