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October 18, 2019

9/4/2019 10:27:00 AM
Earl Arfsten

Earl Arfsten, 92, of Storden died Aug. 29, 2019, at Murray County Hospice House in Slayton.
A Celebration of Life service was Monday at Storden Baptist Church in Storden with Pastor David Johnson officiating.
Special music was provided by Robert Van Maasdam, organist; Kari Pankonin, pianist; and Chris Johnson, vocalist.
Casket bearers were Kim Hunter, Kyle Hunter, Chris Hunter, Caleb Arfsten, Todd Engstrom, Tim LeMoine, Jeff Schmidt and Peter Bergk.
Interment was at Storden Baptist Cemetery in rural Storden.
Earl Benjamin Arfsten was born Nov. 3, 1926, to Benjamin and Emma (Reinke) Arfsten in Melvin, Iowa. The family moved to a farm near Windom before purchasing a farm near Westbrook in 1939.
Earl attended country school and later was a student at Westbrook High School.
In 1947, Earl married Darlene Lohre at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in rural Westbrook. They were blessed with three children: Shari, Cindy and Tim. In their early years of marriage Earl worked a variety of jobs in several cities.
He returned home to farm his father's farm before working for Bob Gebhard as an International Harvester salesman.
He later bought out the Storden Livestock business before eventually selling it and becoming manager of Farmers Grain Sales and Service in Storden.
His final business ventured occurred in 1985 when he became a co-owner of Slayton International, a farm equipment dealership. He sold out and retired in 1995.
In retirement he enjoyed doing seasonal work for Meadowland for several years.
For the past six weeks, Earl was in hospice care at Murray County Hospice House in Slayton.
Earl was a member of Storden Baptist Church and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior later in life under Pastor Fred McCormick.
He enjoyed vacationing with his family and traveling with Darlene in their camper. Later in life, they enjoyed spending winters in Arizona and Earl and Darlene also traveled abroad on numerous occasions. Earl especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dale Arfsten, Delbert Arfsten, an infant brother, Glen Arfsten, and a grandson-in-law, John Duft.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Darlene Arfsten of Storden; three children: Shari Hunter of Cottonwood, Cindy (Gary) Schimbeno and Tim (Sara) Arfsten, all of Storden; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gordon (Jean) Arfsten of Oklahoma City, Okla.

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