Kenneth R. Arndt, age 70, passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
He was born in Saginaw on July 24, 1949, the son of Kenneth S. and Marion (Peters) Arndt. The Arndt family moved to Gaylord in 1954. Ken attended St. Mary and Gaylord High School, graduating in 1967.
He later graduated from Michigan Tech University at LSSU.
He began his United States Army career in 1972 and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after a 30-years of service.
Ken owned Kenneth R. Arndt Appraisal Services for 30 years. He was involved in civic organizations, most notably the Otsego County Planning Commission and Bagley Township Board of Review, where he served for 30 years.
He loved duck hunting, shooting, boating, sailing, and camping.
As a Scout Master, he mentored many young men to the rank of Eagle Scout.
Ken was diagnosed with incurable cancer 15 years ago. His hope was to see his two boys graduate and become faithful, loving men. Along this journey, Ken grew stronger in his Catholic faith.
Ken is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Wilkinson) Arndt; sons, Kenneth Frank Arndt, and Patrick David Arndt; and siblings, Mary Jo Arndt, Peter James Arndt and David Michael Arndt.
A Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, Rev. Bradley Nursey, officiating.
Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Friday, Mach 13, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
A flag ceremony conducted by the Boy Scouts of America Gaylord Troop #1 will be held at the funeral home Friday evening, March 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a parish Rosary at 6:00 p.m. and VFW Post #1518 military honors at 7:30 p.m.
Visitation will continue Saturday, March 14, 2020, at St. Mary Cathedral from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Contributions in memory of Kenneth R. Arndt may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Gaylord Troop #1, or to St. Mary Cathedral/Latin Mass, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734