Arnold Andreas Englund was born on May 6, 1921, the youngest child of Nels Andrew and Selma Margaret (Wicklund) Englund on the Englund homestead just south of Karlstad. He attended school in Karlstad and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Bethel Lutheran Church in Karlstad. Arnold grew up speaking both Swedish and English.
As a young man, Arnold worked for Norman Bogestad on the seasonal farm crew. He also was in the Civilian Conservation Corp at Deer River. Arnold married Marian Clark on February 14, 1943, at the Eidsvold church parsonage in Halma. Arnold and Marian became parents to their first daughter, Catherine Selma. On November 30 of the same year, Arnold left to fight in WWII as a member of the US Marine Corps. He took his basic training at Camp Pendleton, CA and then was stationed at various islands in the South Pacific. When the United States decided to attack Iwo Jima, Arnold was shot as the marines confronted a formidable Japanese force. He spent time in hospitals on Saipan and Pearl Harbor before returning home. Arnold was awarded a Purple Heart being wounded in action.
Following his discharge from the Marines, Arnold and Marian lived in Sacramento where he worked in a bakery. Their second child, Everett Arne, was born there shortly before they returned to the Englund homestead near Karlstad. A few years later they welcomed their second daughter, Peggy Ann.
In addition to some farming, Arnold worked as an electrician until he secured a position as a rural mail carrier and worked for 30 years before his retirement in 1979. Arnold enjoyed woodworking and made many lovely gifts for his family. He also enjoyed reading, hunting and gardening.
Arnold’s wife, Marian, died in 2007 and Arnold continued to live in his home near Karlstad until December of 2014 when he moved to the Karlstad Healthcare Center. He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, VFW and Bethel Lutheran Church.
Arnold passed away at the Karlstad Healthcare Center on Thursday, October 29, after a recent decline in health.
Arnold was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, his parents, three brothers (Einar, Elmer and Vincent), and three sisters(Clara, Edna and Margaret). He is survived by one son, Everett (Kathy) Englund of Karlstad, two daughters, Catherine (Harvey) Allen of Brainerd and Peggy (Phil) Saporito of Blaine and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Clark of Milwaukee, WI. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Scott (Kim) Allen of North Mankato, Deborah (Scott) Lange of Plymouth, Ethan (Natalie) Englund of Germantown, MD, Kyle (Meegan) Englund of Lisbon, IA, Elizabeth (Michael) Weisbrich of Moorhead, Christopher Saporito, and Brianna (Ben) Engelstad of Maple Grove. He is survived by twelve great grand-children: Nicholas and Kendra Allen, Nathan, Matthew and Molly Lange, Reid and Brogan Englund, Morgan and Elijah Weisbrich, Cole and Kaely Saporito, and James Engelstad in addition to several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, November 6th at 2:00 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Karlstad. Interment will be in Karlstad City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church for two hours prior to the funeral service. Rev. Mitch Tolpingrud, presiding; Corienne Jacobson, organist and Lyndon Johnson, soloist. Honorary casket bearers will be Arnold’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. Military honors will be accorded by the Karlstad American Legion Post 445. Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock.