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Arnold Westrum

May 19, 1926 — December 26, 2012

Arnold E. Westrum, 86, of Hoffman, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the Hoffman Good Samaritan Society. Memorial Service: 1:00 pm Monday, December 31, 2012, Messiah Lutheran Church, Hoffman Clergy: Rev. Nathan Thompson Visitation: 12 noon to 3 pm Sunday at the Funeral Home; one hour prior to the service at church on Monday Burial: Land Cemetery, Hoffman Red was born May 19, 1926, to Hans and Carrie Vestrum at home and baptized in Cyrus, MN. The youngest of five children, Red moved to Hoffman at the age of ten years. He was confirmed in Lands Lutheran Church. In 1944 Red graduated from Hoffman High and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In 1946 he was discharged with rank Fireman First Class. After attending Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Red returned home to the family Hoffman Blacksmith Shop. For over 50 years he loved working in the shop alongside father Hans and brother Hank. On May 27, 1950, Red married Ann Arnquist and for near 59 years they made their home and raised three sons on the shore and in the water of Elk Lake. It's been said: "All work is an act of philosophy." With conviction Red expressed his beliefs through his "work" as a loving husband, father, son and brother; as a member of Messiah Lutheran Church; as a parade and color guard member of the American Legion; as a main-streeter in the commercial club; as a boy scoutmaster; as a solid friend playing at buddies' backyard projects; whistling late into the evening on endless shoreline improvements; for over 30 years as a soft-spoken school bus driver; and as a volunteer delivering Meals-On-Wheels. Red was the last of the well-known Class of '46 deer hunters. He loved holidays with family, friends, fishing, traveling, whist, and reading history.

Red is survived by sons Darrell (Paula), Rollin, and Larry (Vickie); six grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; parents, Hans and Carrie; brother Hank, and sisters Norma, Millie, and Ellie.

Honorary urn bearers are grandchildren: Curtis Garritson, Melissa Poland, Delores Westrum, Jonathan Westrum, Sarah Larson, Maggie Snellings.



Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Hoffman 103 7th Street North Hoffman, MN US 56339

Previous Events

cemetery
Friday, December 28, 2012
Land Lutheran Cemetery

Rural Hoffman
Hoffman, MN 56339

Visitation
Sunday, December 30, 2012
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Hoffman

103 7th Street N
Hoffman, MN 56339

Also, One hour prior to the service at church

Service
Monday, December 31, 2012
1:00 PM
Messiah Lutheran Church

502 Kentucky Avenue
Hoffman, MN 56339

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