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Arnold Rooks

August 12, 1923 - January 05, 2013


12-1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Arnold Rooks

August 12, 1923 - January 05, 2013


Arnold M. Rooks, 89, Fargo, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Rosewood on Broadway.

Arnold M. Rooks was born to John and Amy (Stiner) Rooks on August 12, 1923 in Ryder, ND.  He graduated from Fargo Central High School and was drafted into the Army on January 25, 1943.  Basic training was at Camp Howze in Gainsville, TX. He married Mavis Snartland on November 15, 1943 at a church in Gainsville, TX.  He was transferred to Louisiana for further training in engineering.  He was a part of the Black Hawk Division and spent time in France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria.  After a brief time back in the United States, he was sent to Luzon Island in the Philippines.  He was discharged on February 26, 1946 and returned to Fargo.  He started working for the Fargo Police Department on November 11, 1946 and retired on May 31, 1986 after 40 years and achieving the rank of Captain in the Records Department.  He worked as a truck driver during beet harvest for several years.  He was a member of the Elks, the Fargo Police Association, VFW, and Peace Lutheran Church. 

He is survived by two children:  Gary (Carrie) Rooks, Fargo, ND, Dennis (Sonja) Rooks, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, David (Nancy) Rooks, Tyler, Emma, Molly, Michael (Tara) Rooks, Hannah, Evan, Bradley Rooks, Joshua (Jennifer) Rooks, Ashley, Erin (Taylor Ingnell) Rooks, Jacob (Lindsey) Rooks, Sumara Rooks.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mavis, and one brother, Clarence Rooks.


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  1. charleen greuel says:

    Sorry to hear of Arnies passing. I have alot of fun memories of Harvey and me and Arnie and Mavis on Police conventions or just parties.

  2. Connie and Myron Nesdahl says:

    Monticello Minnesota
    Want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Connie and Myron

  3. LeRoy & Ellen Bergman says:

    Lake Park MinnWe are so sorry for the passing of Arnold. Sorry we cant be there, as we are in Arizona trying to warm up. Our prayers are with you all for comfort during this time.Hope you all can hold on to good memories about Arnold.He sure liked to chat and tease…Find comfort with God….He loves you all..

  4. Deputy Chief Pat Claus says:

    Captain Rooks was a great mentor to me even though he had retired prior to my joining the force. I had the pleasure to meet and spend time with Captain Rooks while we both served on the Board of Directors of the Law Enforcement Museum at Bonnanzaville. His passion for law enforcement, preserving history and his all around grand sense of humor will be missed. Goodbye Captain,,, I will miss you.

  5. Muff Brandt says:

    Fargo, ND
    Sorry Linda and I won’t be able to attend. Arnie was a good friend and a very good cop. I remember well the classes he conducted at the Regional Training Center as well as all the hands on instruction I got from him when I was first hired. We both enjoyed visiting with him at the annual Police Association Christmas parties.


    Arene was one of the most colorful people I knew. He worked with my father,Edwin Anderson, who was the Cheif of Police for most of the time Arne worked fore the PD. My Dad was on the force for 40 as well.

    Arne was a great conversationist and I always enjoyed bumping into him.

    There were a lot of the retirees and most are gone now. What a great group of men and fine police officers.

    Arne, God broke ther mold when he made you….God Bless you and your family…..say hi to my Dad and Mom when you see them on you journey.

    Frank Anderson

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