Arnfred J. "Arnie" Gronbeck, 88 of West Fargo, died Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Elim Care Center in Fargo.

He was united in marriage to Doris Sivertson on June 26, 1943.  He entered the Navy in November of 1943, serving on the USS Lamar in the South Pacific.  He also served aboard a troop transport and took part in 5 invasions and 3 reinforcements.  He was honorably discharged in July of 1946.  Following his military service, Arnie was employed by Branick Manufacturing in Fargo.  He also served as Mayor of Leonard for 8 years.  He loved to raise a big garden and go into the sand hills to cut firewood.

Arnie was a life member of the West Fargo VFW and also was a member of the American Legion in Leonard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lucille Bartholomay, Eunice Nygard; brothers, Frank Gronbeck and Leroy Gronbeck; sons-in-law, Don Wiskur, Don Jones and Brad Mueller.

Arnie is survived by his wife, Doris of West Fargo; children, Carol Wiskur of West Fargo, ND, Marlowe (Ava) Gronbeck of Meriden, CT, Gloria (Steve) Kent of West Fargo, ND, Beverly (Alan) Plummer of Moorhead, MN, Shirley (Lonnie) Rodacker of Fargo, ND and Amenia, ND, Wayne (DeAnn) Gronbeck of West Fargo, ND; 17 grandchildren; 2 step grandsons; 27 great-grandchildren; 5 step great-grandchildren; brothers, Ernie Gronbeck of Fargo, ND, Arnold (Darlene) Gronbeck of Moorhead, MN and by his sister, Gladys Walaker of Fargo.

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  1. Urbandale IowaThis is wishing Marlowe and Ava my dearest sympathies as well as to the rest of your family. Losing a parent can be difficult but he is with his father in heaven. I hope you will take comfort in knowing this and we will be praying for you all.

  2. West Fargo ND
    Sorry to hear about Arnfred. We will miss our quick visits at TNT, but look forward to seeing you, Doris soon. May God be with you all.

  3. Bottineau ND
    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Arnie’s family. Wish we would have known sooner so we could be with you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you just the same.

  4. Moorhead MN
    My sincere sympathy to you, Shirley, and your famiy at this difficult time. May you find comfort in your faith. I enjoyed helping you and your famiy when you would bring your father to the VA.

  5. Pelican Rapids MN
    Our Family sends sincere sympathy in the death of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. May your wonderful memories erase your grief and give you joy of the many years you all enjoyed his company and love!
    LaVerne & Dave Nelson Family

  6. West Fargo ND
    We wanted to express our sympathy for the loss of Arnfred. He was always a great neighbor and he will be greatly missed.

  7. Moorhead MN
    Doris and Family-
    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go about this difficult time. Remember the good times and the memories created. Celebrate the life of Arnie and rejoice that he is watching all of you and is working in that big garden.

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