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Howard M. Arndt
Issue Date: April 12, 2018
Howard "Howie" M. Arndt, 87, of Belgium, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Born April 11, 1930 in the Town of Fredonia, to Marvin and Eleanor (Knuth) Arndt, he married the late Margaret "Boots" Rassel on July 24, 1954 at St Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada and they had six children.
In 1953, he and his brother-in-law, Dean Yoho founded Belgium Trucking and the success of the company led them to open How-Dea Service Center on Highway 57 in June of 1967. In 1986 he purchased and developed property near I-43 to build his travel center. Later they built Hobo's Korner Kitchen in May of 1987.
A Lions Club member for over 60 years, he was also part of the honorary Belgium Fire Department, belonged to the Belgium American Legion Post 412, was a member of St Mark's Lutheran Church for over 10 years and served as Belgium Village President from 1963-1974.
The couple loved to travel in spring to Arizona, but especially enjoyed going to their cabin in Crivitz and entertaining family and friends. He had a good sense of humor and many of his jokes and "one-liners" will be told for many years.
He is survived by five children, Sandy (Dean) Townsend of St Louis, John (Deborah) Arndt of Port Washington, Sherry (Mark) Mulloyand Patrick (Jennifer) Arndt, both of Belgium and Michele (Robert) Bruggink of Cedar Grove; 16 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia Yoho; two sisters-in-law, Katherine and Judy Arndt and a special friend, Suzie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; a daughter Barbara; six siblings, Letha (Robert) LeClare, Geraine (Joe) Eisentraut, Armin (Janet) Arndt, Robert (Katie) Arndt, Danny Arndt and Martin Arndt and a brother-in-law, Dean Yoho.
Visitation was held at Ernisse Funeral Home in Belgium on Sunday, April 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Visitation continued at St. Mark Lutheran Church on Monday, April 9 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 10 a.m., with Pastor Wayne King presiding. Burial was next to his wife in St. Mary's Lake Church Cemetery.