ARNDT-Edward Raymond Arndt passed away peacefully at his home” at the WestMan nursing home at Virden in the early morning of December 19, 2019.
Ed was born on December 2, 1939, the 5th of 8 children of Adolf & Philipina (Phylis) Arndt (Baron). For the first few years of his life he resided on the family farm in Neudorf SK. In 1947 the family relocated to the Shell River Valley east of Roblin MB. Where the family continued to farm. Ed received his early education in Bield and completed High School at Goose Lake High in Roblin. After graduation Ed worked for a brief time as a railway section man in the Roblin area. He became a “permit” teacher and received a teaching certificate that allowed him to teach for one year at Tartakiw School. In 1961 Ed enrolled into Manitoba Teachers college in Winnipeg. On December 29, 1962 he married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Edel. Ed and Lorraine’s first home was the Mountain Gap teacherage near Grandview where Ed started his teaching career. While here, their first son Vincent was born. In 1963 Ed and Lorraine moved to Brunkild, MB, where Ed was school principal. In 1965 Ed and Lorraine made another move, this time to the northern isolated First Nation Community of Split Lake, York Landing and Shamattawa for 1 year and than made the move to Lake St. Martin to continue teaching grade 5 and 6. While at Lake St. Martin, their second son, Kevin, was born. In August 1968 Ed and Lorraine moved to Virden where Ed changed careers from teaching to becoming involved with in the insurance industry as an agent for The Co-operators. In 1971 Ed joined the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation and became one of the six original Field Supervisors. Initially his territory was southern Manitoba, but at one time included the entire province of Manitoba. In 1969 Ed and Lorraine experience the loss of their first-born son, Vincent, in a tragic drowning accident. Kimberley was born in 1971 and Jason was born in 1974. Ed continued to work with MPIC until his retirement in 1995. In 1996 Ed started working as a Watkins Representative and made his final sales in 2018. Ed moved from his beloved acreage into a small home in town in 2016. 2018 he moved to the Sherwood and this past September moved to the WestMan nursing home.
Ed was involved on many boards, committees and organizations through the years. The Manitoba teachers society, Manitoba New Democratic party, the Arthur-Virden NDP Association, ACL board, Board of Directors Valley View Co-op, Town of Virden Housing Authority, Evergreen Place Board, Princess Lodge Board, Association of Retired Teachers, Board of Directors MPI 2000 to 2012 and member of Scarth Community Club, member Pioneer Power and Equipment Club and a member of the Lutheran and Anglican churches.
Ed is survived by his children Kevin (Debbie), Kim (Dan & stepson Brendan) and Jason (Rebecca), Sisters Gladys Allen and Doris Koban, Brothers Norman and Roger (Rose) Arndt. Sister-in law Brenda (Wayne Yakimishyn), Brother-in -law David Edel (Debbie), a large extended family & a host of friends in the communities in which he lived.
Ed was predeceased by his wife Lorraine, son Vincent, his parents Adolf and Phylis Arndt, Parents-in -law Harold and Leah Edel, sister Frieda and her husband Gilbert, sister Esther, brother Johann, brother-in-law John Allen, sister-in-law Florence Arndt, Brother-in-law Lawrence Koban, niece Darlene Allen, Brother-in-law Larry Edel and his wife Marlene.
The funeral service was held from G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, December 27, 2019, in Virden, Manitoba and interment followed on December 28, 2019 at the Roblin District Cemetery, Roblin, Manitoba
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