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Arlen "Skip" Rondestvedt

Arlen "Skip" Eugene Rondestvedt, 84, of Northwood, ND passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Maple View Assisted Living in Grand Forks, ND after his journey with Alzheimer's. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:00p.m at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held from 1:00p.m until the time of the service at the church.
Arlen was born December 28th, 1930 and raised in Dazey, North Dakota to John and Minnie (Sunquist) Rondestvedt. On June 19, 1955, Arlen married the love of his life, LaVerne, and together raised 3 daughters who were the light of his life. His quiet demeanor, generosity and kindness were great qualities of his as was his honesty and work ethic. His singing voice was a joy to listen to and his dance moves were greatly enjoyed.
Arlen worked from a young age taking over his father's creamery, also hauling grain and gravel, and helping his brothers at their service stations. He served in Germany from 1951 to 1953. In 1955, Arlen received the opportunity to open a Standard Station in Northwood where he settled and expanded to selling cars and bulk fuel to the area for 50 years. He appreciated his many customers and friends who stopped by the station for coffee.
Through the years he was dedicated to ushering on Sundays at Ebenezer Lutheran. He was also active in Jaycee's and American Legion. He enjoyed spending time at Golden Lake with friends and family, fishing, campfires, playing cards and tinkering with cars.
He was deeply loved, cherished and is survived by: Daughters: Mary (Larry) Anderson, Buffalo, MN, Karen Naastad, Goodyear, AZ, and Denise (Barry) Zimmerman, Grand Forks, ND; Grandchildren: Nichole (Jerod) Gummer. Dana (Amanda) Greenwood, Torey Greenwood, Andrea and Cory Zimmerman; Great grandchildren: Bree and Isaac Gummer; Brother-in-law, Edsel, several nieces and nephews and his caregivers the last seven years at Northwood Deaconess Health Center and Maple View-Memory Care Community of Grand Forks.
Preceding him in death was his Wife-LaVerne, Parents, John and Minnie Rondestvedt, Grandson-Andrew (Andy) Naastad, Brothers: Bernard, Vernon, and Johnny; and Sisters: Gladys Tombarge, Signe Rondestvedt, Vera Drees, and Doris Johnson.
Arlen was a loving Father, Husband, Grandfather, Great grandfather, Brother and Uncle

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Denise & Family, Not sure if you remember me but we went to school together at LRJC. Seen this about your Father's passing. Just wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to you and all of your family. GOD bless all of you and let those that surround you provide comfort & strength through the difficult times. GOD bless your Father's memory. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Don & Michelle (Hardy) Murray

Don & Michelle (Hardy) Murray Apr 17 2015 12:00 AM

Love and prayers go out to the entire family, what a wonderful man. I have such wonderful memories of my time in Northwood and your family was such a huge part of that. God bless you all, and I am smiling knowing how happy he was to see his beautiful wife and grandson and other family members!

Suzann Cramer Apr 17 2015 12:00 AM

Mary, Karen, and Denise, Your dad was an amazing man. Always kind, with seemingly unending patience. Many fond memories of Golden Lake and neighborhood parties at your house. His many wonderful qualities live on in the three of you and his grandchildren.

Mary Pederson Metelmann Apr 16 2015 12:00 AM

Sending our prayers to you and your family Denise. how wonderful that you were close to share life with your mom and dad.

Sherrie Anderson Apr 16 2015 12:00 AM

sorry for your loss Denise, I know you treasures you dad so much.

Marie breidenbach Apr 16 2015 12:00 AM

What a wonderful friend he was to all who knew "skip" Sending prayers and love to comfort the family. He will be watching over all - just as he has been all his life. Rest easy , we all loved you.dr

Lorraine Hannestad Apr 16 2015 12:00 AM