Arnold Frederick Wiese, age 91 of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. Arnold “Arne” was born on May 23, 1925 to Frederick and Mildred (Myster) Wiese in Vernon Township, Dodge County, Minnesota near Oslo. On June 4, 1946 Arne was united in marriage to Esther Simonson at the Evanger Lutheran Church near Sargeant, Minnesota. The couple made their home on a farm for a couple of years before moving to Hayfield, Minnesota. After leaving Hayfield they resided in Blooming Prairie, and later Austin, before returning to Blooming Prairie in 1958. Arne did many things in his working life. He farmed for a time as a young man, worked for the telephone company in Blooming Prairie, the Blooming Prairie Creamery, and later for Harpo Chevrolet in Blooming Prairie as a mechanic. For many years, Arne and Esther provided cleaning services for several businesses including Farmers and Merchants State Bank, U.S. Post Office, City of Blooming Prairie Library and Police Department. In retirement Arne enjoyed his part-time work at the Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. He was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. Arne and Esther were also long-time members of the Sons of Norway, and were fortunate to have made two trips together to Norway. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting, and passed that passion on to his children and grandchildren. Arne was an excellent marksman and earned many awards in shooting competitions. Arne also enjoyed old time dancing, country music, family camping trips, and time spent with his family. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Arne is survived by his three daughters Marilyn Gordon of Blooming Prairie, Sharon (Samuel) Peterson of rural Ellendale, and Karen Wiese of Blooming Prairie; four grandchildren Scott (JoEllen) Gordon, Stephanie Peterson, Matt (Kate) Gordon, Shannon (Troy) Pederson; great-grandchildren Hannah Gordon, Andre Hill, Collin Pederson, Ella Gordon, Avery Hill, Casey Pederson, Waylen Gordon, Clint Gordon, Brock Rutzen, Noah Rutzen; sisters-in-law Gloria Jacobson and Alice Williams, both of Austin, Ruby Klingfus of Cass Lake; brothers-in-law Jacob “Jake” Simonson of Owatonna, Milward (Donna) Simonson of Hayfield; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Esther on January 17, 2015; sons-in-law Sever Olson and Gene Gordon; sisters Katherine “Kay” Funk, Helen Campbell; brothers-in-law Bob Funk, Maynard Campbell, Stanley Jacobson, Donald Williams, LaVern Klingfus; sister-in-law LaVonne Simonson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, April 28, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with Pastor Jeff Sandgren officiating. Interment will follow in the Blooming Prairie Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 27th at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, and will continue on Friday morning for one hour prior to the service at church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.