Arnold T. Felper, 81
Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:51am admin
Sept. 12, 1936 — Oct. 2, 2017
Riceville - Arnold T. Felper, 81, of Riceville, Iowa died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Chester United Lutheran Church in Chester, Iowa with Pastor Dan Christensen officiating. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery in LeRoy, Minn. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 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 on Sept. 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, Ark. and 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, Minn. 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; his four children, Dan Felper of Riceville, Kathy (Doug) Brown of Stewartville, Minn., Dave (Ellen) Felper of Riceville and Kristy (Dan) Hockens of LeRoy; 11 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 and 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.