Reverend Arlyn Morris Anfinrud, Fargo ND died peacefully March 31, 2019 in the presence of family and the loving care of Hospice of the RRV. He was 93.
Arlyn was born February 11, 1926 to Selvin and Betsy (Moen) Anfinrud in their farm home near Belgrade, MN. He learned Norwegian in the home, then English when he entered first grade in 1931. He was baptized and confirmed at Big Grove Lutheran Church. He graduated from Belgrade High School in 1942 and began college at St. Olaf. An only child, Arlyn suspended his college education during the war to help his father on the farm. It was during this time that he was elected president of the Family Luther League, and while studying the scriptures, grew in an awareness of the Lord’s call for him to become a Pastor. Arlyn graduated from St. Olaf in 1949 and enrolled in Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul. He interned in Scobey, Montana and served 5 churches in that area. He graduated from seminary, was ordained at Big Grove on June 14, 1953, and began a pastoral ministry in North Dakota that spanned 6 decades.
On July 16, 1953, Pastor Anfinrud was installed at Dunseith Lutheran church, a three-point parish that included Little Prairie and Rendahl Lutheran rural churches. On August 31, 1954, he married Verna Danielson, a parishioner who was working as a nurse at San Haven. While in Dunseith, their son David Arlyn was born. In 1956, the family moved to St. Thomas where he served St. John’s Lutheran and Landstad Lutheran in Auburn. While there, sons Mark Norman and Philip Arnold were born. In 1965, the family moved to Aneta to serve Sundahl and Logan Lutheran churches. John Richard was added to the family in 1967. After 17 years in Aneta, Arlyn’s last call was in 1982 to serve First Lutheran in Fessenden. Though he formally retired in 1990, he continued his ministry for 22 years as interim Pastor in numerous parishes including Bottineau, Metigoshe, Barton, Willow City, Rolla, Perth, Cando, Bisbee, Egeland, Rolette, Overly and various other pulpit supply opportunities to share the gospel.
Arlyn will be remembered by his parishioners as a caring, humble and faithful servant, always pointing the light toward Jesus.
Arlyn served on the Indian Mission board as well as various community organizations over his years. He enjoyed many hobbies and spent his spare time with photography, lapidary, stained glass, jewelry, woodworking, researching his ancestry, and an occasional round of golf. His favorite place to visit was Glacier National Park. Arlyn and Verna took many trips with confirmation classes to Glacier to share the beauty and the experience. Long hikes, Big Horn sheep, and close calls with Grizzly bears provided confirmands with memories sure to last a lifetime.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Verna; and children David (Nelma) Anfinrud of Renton, WA; Mark (Lois) Anfinrud of Fargo, ND; Philip (Annette) Anfinrud of Rockville, MD; John (Jodi) Anfinrud of Chanhassen, MN; along with 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Preceded in death were his parents Selvin and Betsy (Moen) Anfinrud.