Arnold T FelperSeptember 12, 1936 ~ October 2, 2017 (age 81)
Arnold T. Felper, 81, of Riceville, Iowa died Monday, October 2, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at Chester United Lutheran Church in Chester, IA with Pastor Dan Christensen officiating. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery in LeRoy, MN. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 5, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Riceville. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the time of service Friday at the church.
Arnold was born to Thomas and Lois (Stanbro) Felper in LeRoy, MN on September 12, 1936. He grew up on a farm in the Riceville area where he also attended country school. He enlisted in the Army from 1957-1959. He attended basic training in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. He spent 18 months in Hanau, Germany where he was a mechanic and performed maintenance on Army vehicles.
Arnold married his sweetheart Mardella (Tebay) Felper on May 19, 1957 at the East St. Olaf Church in Byron, MN. They moved onto a farm near Riceville where they have resided ever since. He enjoyed life on the farm which included milking cows, growing corn and beans, doing custom work of combining beans and corn, and windrowing oats and hay. He rented the land out and then worked for the city of Riceville for 22 years.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and entertaining his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed tractor pulls, the annual Spencer Fair, farm sales, visiting with neighbors, eating out, shopping at Wal-Mart and Fleet Farm, and watching WWE.
Arnold is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mardella Felper of Riceville, IA. His four children, Dan Felper of Riceville, IA; Kathy (Doug) Brown of Stewartville, MN; Dave (Ellen) Felper of Riceville, IA; and Kristy (Dan) Hockens of LeRoy, MN. Eleven grandchildren, Nikki (Felper) Bergan and Brad; Ryan Brown, Stacy (Brown) Hendershot and Roger, Kyle Brown; Mike Felper, Carly Felper, Tyler Felper, Will Felper; Megan Hockens; Amber Hockens, and Jackson Hockens. Eight great-grandchildren, Alexa, Anthony, Cheyenne, RaeLee, Parker, Draven, Levi, Keely, and one great-granddaughter on the way. One brother Amil (Leota) Felper, two sisters Alma Hickey, and Ardella (Jim) Felper, sister-in-law Wanda Dohlman,and his beloved dog Annie.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Arthur Felper, his mother-in-law and father-in-law Frantz and Olga Tebay, his brothers-in-law Gene Hickey and Don Dohlman, and his nephews Art Foster and Lynn Dohlman.