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Arlen Harstad

Dec. 15, 1928-Dec. 5, 2009

Former Rogers, N.D., resident Arlen B. Harstad, 80, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Innovis Health in Fargo.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, December 10 at the Community Alliance Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Reverend Joel Arndt officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Color Guard.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. The visitation will continue at the church for one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Arlen Benham Harstad was born to Clifford and Marie (Benham) Harstad on December 15, 1928 in Valley City, N.D. He was raised near Rogers, and was a 1946 graduate of Rogers High School. Following graduation, he farmed with his family near Rogers. He served with the United States Marines, 1951-53. Arlen was united in marriage to Lois Anderson in Detroit Lakes on October 15, 1953. They farmed near Rogers until moving to Ogema in 1964, to Callaway in 1965 and finally, to Detroit Lakes in 1973. Arlen drove truck for Tomlinson Lumber Company and later owned and operated Harstad Trucking, retiring in 1997.

Arlen enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, farming, trucking, seeing the countryside, going to Branson, Mo., and with his coffee groups.

Surviving Arlen are his wife of 56 years, Lois Harstad of Detroit Lakes; children, Cindy (Robert) St. Claire of Richwood, David (Peggy) Harstad, Daniel (Heidi) Harstad and Gail (Steve) Wiebolt, all of Detroit Lakes; a daughter-in-law, Wendy Harstad of Callaway; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and two brothers, Darrel Harstad of Valley City and Kenneth (Janice) Harstad of Rogers. Preceding him in death were four sons, Arthur, Glen, Steve and Kim; and a granddaughter, Sally Harstad.

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