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Funeral services for Bernhard C. Arning Sr., 84, of Bleiblerville, were held
on Friday, Jan. 21, 2005 from Salem Lutheran Church in Welcome at 10 a.m.
with the Rev. Jason Korthauer officiating.
Burial was in the Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leland
Maeckel, Kermit Kolwes, Elroy Wiecker, Willie Stoerner, Ruben Rudloff, and
Willie Winklemann. Honorary Pallbearers were Mike Arning and Joe Chovanec.
Ben was born in Bleiblerville to parents John Arning Sr. and Frieda
(Wiecker) Arning. He was raised in the Bleiblerville area and attended
Scranton Grove School.
He was baptized by Pastor Appel on April 24, 1921 and confirmed by Pastor
Mansur on April 6, 1936 at Salem Lutheran Church in Welcome.
Ben married Helen Emshoff on Feb. 14, 1942 in Bellville.
]Shortly thereafter, Ben was drafted into military service and served in the
Army as first sergeant and as a Military Policeman in Mexico and Washington
D.C. He was assigned to surpervise the changing of the guard on the hour at
the White House and at the United States Capitol. He was a personal escort
for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Ben was also an interpreter for the German prisoners of war who were housed
in the United States during WWII.
During this war time, Ben and Helen had their first son, Bernhard C. Arning
After five years of military service, Ben received an honorable discharge
and took his family to Houston where he worked as a superintendent for J.S.
Norman Construction. While in Houston, their second son, Allen Craig Arning
was born.
The family attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Ben joined the American
Legion Post 654 and served in many offices, including Post Commander. He was
also a District Commander. During this time, Ben organized many things for
the Legion, including drill teams, firing squads, and teams to attend
funerals and present American Flags.
He also organized the Sons of the Legion. Ben took to heart the Legion
motto, "For God and Country" and felt the importance of fostering this sense
of patriotism in others.
Ben and his family lived for 27 years in Houston and spent the later years
commuting back and forth to Bleiblerville on the weekends. In 1980, Ben and
Helen moved back to Bleiblerville and joined his childhood church home,
Welcome Lutheran.
Ben was also a member of the Industry Fire Department. He worked for Austin
County for 14 years before finally retiring due to failing eyesight. Ben
enjoyed deer hunting with his buddies, fishing with his grandchildren,
working around the farm, and relaxing on the porch with family and friends.
Ben Arning died on Monday Jan. 17, 2005.
Ben is survived by his two sons Bernhard Arning Jr. and daughter-in-law
Diane of Houston, and Allen Craig Arning and daughter-in-law Debbie of
Cypress; four granddaughters, Kimberly Arning Jones and husband Scott of
Bleiblerville, Kristen Leigh Harden and husband Curtis of Houston, Carrie
Arning and Courtney Arning of Cypress; two great grandchildren, Tyler Bond
and Kyle Jones of Bleiblerville; sister-in-law Leona Arning of
Bleiblerville; niece Linda Tarver of Bleiblerville; nephews, Michael Arning
of Waco, Mark Arning of Bellville and Matthew Arning of Las Vegas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frieda Arning, wife Helen
Emshoff Arning, brother John Arning, and brother Roy Arning and
sister-in-law Toni.
Memorial contributions can be made to Welcome Lutheran Church 13636 FM 109,
Brenham, Texas 77833, or the Bleiblerville VFD, P.O. Box 151, Bleiblerville,
Texas 78931.
Funeral services were under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels
of Bellville.
Posted by Joy Neely


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