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4/19/2017 2:57:00 PM
Arnold Regier

Arnold Regier, 92, of Mt. Lake died April 12, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A memorial service was Tuesday at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Galen Kauffman officiating.
A private interment was held prior to the service at Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake.
Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements.
Arnold David Regier was born Jan. 27, 1925, to Rev. David and Barbara Regier at their farm home near Mt. Lake. He was the fourth of their eight children. He came to faith in Jesus at a young age and was baptized at Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in Mt. Lake.
After graduating from Mt. Lake High School in 1943, he later attended Bethel College in St. Paul. He completed his degree in agriculture at the University of Minnesota and returned to Mt. Lake to farm.
In 1954, Arnold married Elaine Waltner in South Dakota. Their first two daughters were born in Mt. Lake before the family traveled overseas to serve in the Belgian Congo village of Mutena, beginning in 1957. Using his agriculture knowledge, Arnold helped community members learn improved methods of crop and poultry farming.
Their son, Arne, was born during their years in Africa before the family returned to Mt. Lake in 1960. Arnold resumed farming the Regier family farm in partnership with his brother, John. Arnold and Elaine were blessed with two more daughters after their return to Mt. Lake.
Arnold served on the Mt. Lake school board, Cottonwood Soil and Water Conservation board and was involved in activities at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake, where he was a longtime member. He especially enjoyed singing in the choir and teaching an adult Sunday School class for many years.
Arnold loved nature and enjoyed sharing his love of birdwatching with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed the Mt. Lake birdwatcher's club.
In retirement, Arnold and Elaine gardened together, went for long walks in the woods on their farm and enjoyed spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Being a good steward of the land he farmed was his passion. He worked to restore prairie land along the river bottom land he owned and taught his children and grandchildren to enjoy and care for the land.
He also will be remembered for teaching his family good values by the example he set.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine (Bruce) Mattison; brothers, R.A. Regier and Elmer Regier; and a sister, Evelyn Einfeld.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elaine Regier; children: Kirsten (William) Freitag, Arne (Penny) Regier, Ruth (Mark) Forsline and Carol (E.J. Jordan) Regier; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Elfrieda (Melvin) Loewen, Milton (Lenora) Regier, John (Edna) Regier and Mary Regier.









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