FORT ATKINSON

Ralph William Julius Arndt

March 21, 1924 – Sept. 9, 2011

Ralph William Julius Arndt, born on March 21, 1924 in the Town of Eagle, was called to his eternal home by his savior on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.

Ralph was the son of Harry and Caroline (Rostowfske) Arndt. He was baptized April 27, 1924, and confirmed his Christian faith on June 25, 1939, at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, North Prairie.

Ralph was married to Elizabeth Pett on April 30, 1949, at St. John’s Church in North Prairie. They lived and raised their children on the family farm at Eagle until moving to Fort Atkinson in May of 2000, where he was a member of Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church. Ralph is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth; sons Dennis (Christine) of Eagle, and Glenn (Heidi) of Eagle, and daughter Karen (Robert) Whettam of East Troy; 10 grandchildren: Sarah (James) Frutchey, David (Jodi) Arndt, Allison (Jason) Stephans, Rebekah Arndt, Amy Arndt (fiancee Andy Schlarb), Ashley (Paul) Smyczek, Leah Arndt, Jonathan Arndt, Micah Arndt, and Hannah Arndt; also nine great-grandchildren: Victoria, Ryan, Makayla, Grace, Natalie, Olivia, James, Sophia, and Gabriel. He is further survived by his brother, Harry, and sister, Evelyne (David) Pett, many in-laws, nephews, and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Pett.

Ralph’s victory celebration will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church, 404 Roosevelt St., Fort Atkinson, with the Rev. Ethan Steinbrenner officiating. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the church until the time of the services.

Burial will be in the North Prairie Cemetery, North Prairie.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church, Lakeside Lutheran High School, Sienna Crest, Fort Atkinson or Rainbow Hospice, Jefferson.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson, is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.