Arnold Willis Kreun died June 17, 2017, in Artesia Christian Home, Artesia, CA, at age 91.
Arnold was born June 8, 1926, near Leota, Nobles County, MN. He was the eighth of nine children born to John and Johanna (Muilenburg) Kreun.
He grew up on the family farm and attended country school through eighth grade, later earning a G.E.D. He was raised with a strong Christian faith and work ethic, along with a love of music.
He married Bertha “Boots” Krosschell April 23, 1948, at Edgerton, MN.
After working as a mechanic at the implement dealer, Arnold started his own mechanics shop in Edgerton. He was also a city police officer in Edgerton before accepting a position with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol in 1962. He moved his family to East Grand Forks, MN, to take on that job which would become his lifelong career, working there his entire career.
Arnold was active in the Community Christian Reformed Church and sang with the Greater Grand Forks Barbershoppers, of which he was a member for many years. He retired from the Highway Patrol in November 1985. He and Boots traveled in their motorhome to California during the winters.
Boots died in September 1998 and Arnold moved to Edgerton. He still wintered in California where he met Norma Zylstra at church. They married August 24, 2002, at Lakewood, California.
Arnold is survived by his wife Norma Kreun, Artesia, CA; sons Curt (Linda) Kreun, Grand Forks, ND, Dennis (Ruth) Kreun, Manvel, ND, Eliot (Gino Conconi) Kreun, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Forest (Brenda) Kreun, Andover, MN; step-daughter Gloria Trittipo, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; sister Erma Pool, Storm Lake, IA, brother Darwin (Marlene) Kreun, Edgerton, MN; grandchildren Melody (Mark) Olstad, East Grand Forks, Mike (Laura) Kreun, Blaine, MN, Ryan Kreun and Ashley (Mike) Thiel of Andover, MN; three step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Boots; siblings Nelson Kreun, Laurence Kreun, LeRoy Kreun, Margaret Beukelman, Esther VanHulzen, and Geraldine DenOuden; numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Memorials are preferred to: Alzheimer’s Assoc. – www.alz.org
Memorial Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24 – Edgerton Funeral Home
Interment: Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton, MN