Ellsworth Leroy Arndt was born August 10, 1925, at his parent's home located in Springfield Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. He was the youngest of seven children born to Emil and Lena (Hanefeld) Arndt, having five brothers and one sister. As a young boy he attended the Hunters School, District 7 Country School.
On December 9, 1945, he was united in marriage to Joyce Beverly Johnson at Bethany Lutheran Church near Bergen. After their marriage the young couple engaged in farming at several locations including Bingham Lake, Butterfield and west of Windom. In 1965 they moved to Bergen and farmed until retirement in 1987. Upon retirement they moved to Cottonwood Lake Drive in Windom. Joyce and Ellsworth enjoyed twenty-five winters together in Mesa, Arizona prior to her death in 2003.
On August 14, 2004 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Jean Pillard at the American Lutheran Church, Windom, Minnesota. Windom continued to be their summer home and they wintered in Arizona until health issues recently prevented their traveling to Arizona.
Ellsworth passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011, at the age of 85 years, 9 months, 17 days. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom. He enjoyed his family and friends, camping, fishing over the years and his wood working hobbies which included the creation of more than 300 clocks.
Ellsworth was preceded in death by his parents, Emil & Lena; his wife, Joyce; his brothers and sister, Harold (Alma); Ruth (Michael) Wienzetl; Howard (Violet); Delmar (Irene); Mervin "Bud" (Edie); and Allen (Bernice) and is survived by his wife of seven years, Dorothy Arndt of Windom; one daughter, Deb Thompson and her husband, Steve of Park Rapids; two grandchildren, Matt Crissinger of Nelson, MN; Brandon Crissinger and his wife Michelle of Park Rapids, MN; two great grandchildren, Tyler James and Brayden Lee Crissinger, two step grandchildren, Debbie Thompson Hellkamp and her husband Mark of Park Rapids, MN; Stephanie Thompson of Telluride, CO; and one step great grandchild, Courtney Thompson, St Cloud, MN.
Blessed be the memory of Ellsworth Leroy Arndt.
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Debbie... I am sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was a wonderful man. I enjoyed working with him. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and the family.
The news of Ellsworth's passing came as quite a shock to me, as I had waved hello to him as he was riding his scooter down to his house a short time before I heard the news. I'm glad I had the chance to get to know him ... more
He was a sweet man and I'm glad I got to know him when I worked at Pine View a couple years ago. When I worked Saturday nights he would always ask me to help him pick out an outfit for church the next morning. He loved... more
My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Deb. It is never easy to say good-bye to someone you love so much. I will keep you in my prayers for comfort and a feeling of peace in your heart from our Lord.
Deb & Family, Our thoughts, prayers & sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. God's Blessings to you all.
Dear Debbie and family, Ellsworth will be greatly missed at dialysis in Worthington. I have enjoyed getting to know him over the years. He thought the world of you and your boys. He talked about you often. We always l... more