Richard "Dick" Arntz

Richard “Dick” Charles Arntz was born September 29, 1942; and passed away on January 28, 2018, in Fargo; at the age of 75. Dick was born to Vernon and Dorothy (Fortin) Arntz in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  At a young age, they moved to Burnstad, ND where he lived on family homestead land, in a dirt floor home with no plumbing. It was about 5 minutes from a Regional Park known as “Arntz Park” - established and care-taken by the Arntz family at Beaver Lake.  That park later became Beaver Lake State Park, and still is. At a young age Dick’s family relocated to Edgeley ND, closer to the Fortin family.  After some years later then, Dick’s family moved to Fargo, where he attended Fargo Central High School, became quite the athlete, and met many lasting connections in the city where he would take up residence.  Before settling though, Dick served our country by enlisting in the Army after High School, in December of 1960. Achieving the Rank of SP4; his service brought him to Massachusetts, Germany, and mostly France.  Among the many military stories he had, a favorite was how he played undefeatable ‘winner stays’ ping- pong just to stay in the warm rec area on a transport ship. He was also active in basketball and baseball leagues, and no doubt dominant in those, as well. He was honorably discharged from inactive duty in 1966. During inactive duty, Dick returned to Fargo where he met and married Judi Barnstable.  Soon followed Steven” Stevie” in 1965.  After his first marriage, he wed Jan Anderson, together sharing Jeffery “Jeffy” and Stacy in 1968, and 1970, respectively. Not-so-shortly later, in 1982, he and Lynn Morgan had a daughter, Elizabeth “Lizzy” 14 years to the day after Jeffery was born (March 29), both being exactly 6 months apart from Dick’s own birthday.  Tragically, Stevie died in 1983.   In 1988, Dick met Carol (Rechtiene) O’Neill, Grandma Sweetheart. They wed in 1991 and lived happily together until her passing in 2016. Dick was a jack-of-all trades and master of hobbies/activities. He was handy, always tinkering or thinking of how to be tinkering and organizing, especially in his garage sanctuary. He adored his golf cart, and made sure it was stocked with all sorts of bells and whistles to impress his grandkids on the Yonker Farm rides. Among his resume of jobs, his favorite was with Maintenance Engineering as a Collections Specialist. In the fun times, Dick excelled in fast and slow-pitch softball, playing for the heralded Empire Tavern team. He spent time at the local Bowling Lanes in an array of leagues, of course winning trophies, many with Grandma Sweetheart.  He was also an avid and nearly scratch golfer, who played many great courses across the area with Grandma Sweetheart and near-and-dear ones over the decades; even achieving an elusive hole-in-one on a par 3.  His love of golf even let him once ‘entertain’ the activity of Frisbee Golf, where he is likely the only person to use a golf cart (illegally ;) on Oak Grove Park Course. He and beloved Grandma Sweetheart also enjoyed a vibrant social life as members of the Elks Lodge, the Breakfast Club (8:01am), and a fraternity of great, enduring friends. They always had the Twins game on, and loved the Vikings/Football – so much so that he was a very early participant in Fantasy Football, with weekly paper rosters. And of course, he loved music, and boy-oh-boy could he dance, and dance… You don’t earn the nickname Disco Dick by accident. Dick is survived by his brother Larry (Erna) Deutz, and sister Carol (Bob) Anderson; children Jeff (Pepper) Arntz, Stacy (Roy) Peterson, Liz (Isaac) Johnson, Tim O’Neill, and Shannon O’Neill; his beloved Grandchildren Lexi, Tyler, McKenna, Sydney, Molly, Gunnar, Tobin, Josh, Drew, Madilynn, Lorelei, and Gus; and Great-Grandchildren Jace and Bella. Dick was proceeded in passing by his Father, Vernon; Mother, Dorothy; son Stevie; Grandson Ryan O’Neill; his beloved wife Carol, nephew, Erik Anderson and many Uncles and Aunts.        

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  1. So sorry Liz, but you were the best child he ever had. You were so caring to him. He would of been lost without you, you did so much, he was proud of you, so lucky to of had you. Now he is at rest and you yourself can rest knowing that he is now resting peaceful. Hang in there..Ob La Di…Ob La Da…Life goes on.

  2. So sorry to hear of his passing. You were his Angel Liz, you did so much for him, you were the best child a Father could ask for. You were always there for him, giving up so much time away from your own family. He was lucky to have you around. He was proud of you, the last few years were rough for him as well as for you, you can rest now knowing that he is at peace.

  3. Liz and Isaac, God Bless Papa Dick. Sorry for the loss of your father,Liz. You were so very supportive and wonderful to him, and he to you. Cherish your memories, and may they often bring a smile to your face and heart during difficult times.

  4. I am sorry to see Dick passed away, I worked with Dick at Maintenance Engineering for seven years, we had great times, he had a good sense of humor, I am also sorry to see that Carol passed away,she truly was grandma sweetheart,I visited both of them when they became residents of Bethany Care Center.

    Gary Soltess
    22800 Superstition Lane Unit B
    Prescott Valley AZ 86314

  5. So sorry to hear of Dick passing. Many happy memories of the past, he was a good friend.

  6. It is with great sadness that I write this. As we get older, we quickly learn that we are all mortal. But even with that in mind it is extremely difficult to accept that fact when life long friends leave us. Dick was what I refer to as part of the old Fargo Central good guy gang. I can not count the good times, the laughs, and the friendship I experienced with Dick. I had the chance to say goodbye to him the Saturday before his passing. He was astute that day and he took his obligatory cheap shot at me as I entered his room at Bethany. He said: ‘You’re just as ugly as you always were Ebsen” with a smile on his face. I gave him that insult. We reminisced briefly and he asked me to return. He reached for me as I left and I took his hand. He squeezed it hard. I did not return and that bothers me. I will miss my friend. I hope there is a golf course, a bowling alley, and a ball diamond awaiting you buddy. Farewell, Dick. jje

  7. Sorry for your loss. I worked with Dick at ME for 6-7 years. I loved his Man cave he had in the garage with the big screen covering the overhead door.

  8. So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We had a lot of great times together playing softball, bowling and golf. We even tipped a few together. He was a solid man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many but is in a better place. Our deepest condolences to his family.

  9. My friend and ball player. I’m so sad to here of your passing. My heart goes out to all your family. The softball days, what can I say. Most of the time we made sure we had a supply of Ben-gay on hand. His after shave was ben-gay. He supported and held may hand when Rocky died. He was a great friend. Rest in peace Dick. You will be missed.

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