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William Arth

Sept. 24, 1930-June 22, 2009

William P. Arth, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, June 22, 2009 at MeritCare Palliative Care in Fargo.

William P. Arth was born to William and Elizabeth Arth on Sept. 24, 1930 in Breckenridge, Minn. He grew up near Lidgerwood, N.D., where he attended country school, and in 1948, he graduated from Lidgerwood High School. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Following his discharge from the Army, Bill attended North Dakota State University. He later moved to Denver, Colo., where he would meet his future wife, Pat. On Feb. 1, 1958 he and Patricia Meath were married in Fargo. They made their home in Denver for a short time before moving back to Fargo.

In 1964, the couple moved to Minneapolis, where Bill worked as a sales representative for the Pacific Mutual Door Company. He retired in 1994 and shortly after, they moved to Dallas, Texas. They moved to Detroit Lakes in 2006. Bill's faith was very important to him. He also cherished time spent with his family.

One of Bill's passions was making rosaries, and distributing them to the kids at Holy Rosary School and missions around the world.

He also liked woodworking, traveling, and working on his computer.

Surviving Bill are his wife, Patricia; three daughters, Laurel (Jeff) Kick, of Georgetown, Texas, Lisa Regan (Dave Berle) of Sleepy Eye, Minn., and Patrice (Jason) Hartman of Coon Rapids, Minn.; four sons, William (Deanna) Arth of Dallas, Texas, Robert (Michelle) Arth of Atlanta, Ga., James (Michele) Arth of Aliso Viejo, Calif.,

and Jon Paul (Sheri) Arth, of Maple Grove, Minn.; 26 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Jo (Herb) Reimer of Detroit Lakes and Sharon Meath of Fruitland Park, Fla.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Arth; and two brothers-in-law, Don and Jim Meath.

Visitation for Bill will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with a prayer service following at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, June 26 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating.

Casket bearers will be William Arth, Robert Arth, James Arth, Jon Paul Arth, Sean Regan, Thomas Regan and Robert Regan. Burial will follow the service at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at