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Arnold S Weisenbeck

Arnold S Weisenbeck

On the cold, winter night of January 16, Arnold Sylvester Weisenbeck was welcomed into the arms of his Father. He didn’t really want to leave, as he enjoyed nothing more than to be surrounded by his family, telling stories, praying the rosary, and singing hymns. Yet, he also knew from his faith, that something even more wonderful awaited him in heaven.

Arnold, “Arnie” was born on June 1, 1935, on the Weisenbeck family farm of Matson and Lucy (Weber) Weisenbeck, in the town of Maxville. This is where he grew up, and learned alongside his dad, of the devotion of being a farmer. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in Lima, and then married his all- time sweetheart, Edith “Edie” Gasteyer. Together, they assumed ownership of the Weisenbeck family farm, and raised six children there.

Arnie had a special interest in the cooperative world, first serving on the local Durand Cooperatives Board of Directors as President, and then became a Regional Cenex Director, which he continued until he retired.  He was a natural leader, and these roles allowed him to exercise those skills. He and Edie traveled far and wide, serving in this role.

Arnie was a man of great faith and charity. As a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Assumption Parish in Durand, he had the gift of bringing people together to fund and support big projects for improvements in the parish. In joining the Knights of Columbus, he served in the role of Grand Knight in the 3rd degree and then, Faithful Navigator in the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He participated in many fundraisers and events for charitable causes. He lived the Knights’ motto of “In service to one, in service to all.” Praying the rosary in devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, was a regular ritual for him, that he continued until his death.

He was a smart businessman, and building one of the first modern milking parlors and slatted floor barns in the area was something he took great pride in. When he wasn’t working the farm, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing cribbage and cards, and growing Christmas trees, which were enjoyed by so many families. The annual fishing trip to Canada and the annual deer hunt were highlights for him, right up until last year. The hunting cabin on the home farm was built with his own two hands, along with fellow hunters, and it continues to provide a wonderful gathering place today.

He was persistent in all that he attempted to do in life, and the phrase, “I ‘can’t’ means that you don’t want to,” was taught to his children. He always said that if you weren’t sure what to do, to just “get started,” and the rest would follow.  If it didn’t work out, you’d just try again.

Arnie was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edie, to whom he was married to for 64 years, cherished great grandson, Ethan Whitwam, his parents, Matson and Lucy Weisenbeck, brother, Darrell Weisenbeck, brother, Father Jude Weisenbeck, sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Weisenbeck, Carol Hartung, and Thelma Weisenbeck, brothers-in-law Larry Hei and Jim Hartung.

He is survived by family members, Michelle Lusis, Terry and Sharon (Brunner) Weisenbeck, Chris and Roxane (Lurndal) Weisenbeck, Marcia and (Jim) Danzinger, Curt and Denise (Sabelko) Weisenbeck, Todd and Wendy (Buechner) Weisenbeck, foster son Dave O’Keefe, grandchildren Kristin and Michael Lusis, Jennifer (Chad) Whitwam, Nicole (Paul) Callahan, Rachel (Curt) Patnode, Erin (Jonathan) Siemback, Jared (Stephanie Gabbey) Weisenbeck, Justin Weisenbeck, Tiffanie (Eric) Ory, Lucas (Annalyse Novak) Danzinger, Jon (Amanda Wolf) Weisenbeck, Nate Weisenbeck, and great grandchildren, Isaiah (Hannah Prissel) Whitwam, Eli Whitwam, Ian and Kathryn Callahan, Maddex and Romen Patnode, Luca and Ayla Siemback, Lyle Weisenbeck, Nolan, Olivia, and Simon Ory, Everett and Leo Danzinger, and Charlee and Averie Weisenbeck. He is also survived by his brother Larry Weisenbeck, FSPA Sisters Marlene and Joan Weisenbeck, sister Rita (Earl) Hetrick, sister LuAnn (Bruce) Kaatz and sisters-in-law Cathy (Joe) Schaeve, and Marge (Jim) Schiefelbein.

Arnie will be missed by so many; his family, his friends at his second home at Lily Lake in Florida, his church family, neighbors, business friends and his hunting, fishing, and golfing buddies. The family wishes to thank all of the staff from The Home Place in Durand, Heritage Assisted Living and St. Croix Hospice who treated him like someone special. The family will be forever grateful for the joy and loving care they brought to him in these last few years of life. He truly felt cared for and loved by all of you.

Visitation will take place at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand on Monday, January 22 from 4-7 pm.  The funeral mass will take place at St. Mary’s Assumption Church in Durand on January 23 at 11:30 am with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. 

Memorials in Arnie’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Assumption School or area food pantries are suggested.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Gingham (Diane) Bauer Mack

    So sorry to hear of Arnie's passing. My kids worked at his tree farm for a couple years. There could not have been a better couple than he and Edie to have lived in my parents home! RIP Arnie!

  2. David Ward

    Arnie and Edith are in those handful of people that I'll always hold in the highest regard. My condolences to the family.

  3. Cathy Hei and Joe Schaeve

    Arnie has a special place in my heart as the best brother-in-law ever. Sending our love to all the family with our deepest sympathy..We have so many wonderful memories of Arnie and Edie. Their home was always open to us with loving arms. We miss them so much. May God welcome Arnie with open arms to eternal life.

  4. Liz (Gifford) and Jack Jensen

    As my godparents, Arnie & Edie celebrated with my mom and dad on my "adoption anniversary" every year--sometimes with cake and always with a card--even many years after I was grown. Our boys loved them and looked forward to visiting them at their home in Florida. Edie made them each an Easter basket and Arnie took them for a ride in the golfcart and fishing in the retention pond behind their home. Arnie was so attentive and interested in what they were "up to". :) My heart is happy knowing that they are together again. They have given the world a beautiful legacy in their family. We are with you all in spirit and love as you celebrate Arnie's life today. With all our love, Liz, Jack, Peter & Tommy Jensen

  5. Al Oukrop

    Arnie was special in my book. As a director on the CENEX Board of Directors you could count on him for thoughtful and measured advice and suggestions. Visiting Arnie and Edie's farm brought back a lot of memories as I was born and raised on a dairy farm in North Dakota. I will think of both of them often.

  6. Rozine Grey

    The world was a better place with Arnie in it. I can feel joy for him to now be able to join with Edie, who he loved so much There were not better better friends and neighbor than Edie and Arnie and the two people we missed most after leaving Durand. They leave a great legacy in their family. I hope the family is at peace with his passing and will cherish the many great memories he and Edie left behind.

  7. Jean Jantzen

    I have so much respect for Arnie & his commitment to cooperatives. As a Cenex board member, he never forgot who he worked for - the farmers & ranchers served by the regional co-op. I’m proud to have known & worked with him.

  8. Jim & Marci Newcome

    Our deepest sympathies. May you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories.

  9. Brian Weisenbeck

    My fondest memory of both Arnie and Edie is their gift of a puppy for my 6th birthday. To this day, that dog's name is still used as one of my website recovery phrases. Prayers to the entire family.

  10. evelyn delisi

    Arnie will always have a special place in my heart and is missed greatly. I won’t forget the impact he had on my spiritual beliefs and all the laughs we shared. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, take care????

  11. Tracy Noll

    Arnie was a great man. I am privileged to have met him.

  12. Dick and Ruth Doughty

    Sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. We remember our fun times in Florida with Edie and Arnie and Dick was one of his golfing buddies. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  13. Robert Simpson

    Worked for Arnie for years when I was a young man. RIP!

  14. David Hetrick

    Some of my first memories of my Uncle Arnie was going fishing and squirrel hunting with him and my dad when I was about 8 or nine years old. He was a very special man in so many ways.There is no doubt in my mind that Uncle Arnie is in a fishing boat with the angels right now. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his wonderful family.

  15. Jeffrey Dorchester

    Arnie Weisenbeck was one of Pepin and Buffalo counties most mentioned names. All my life I heard the name. I can hear Lavina Gifford and my mom Mary Ellen always saying the name, "Arnie Weizenbeck." Obviously he was a patriarch of this wonderful clan. God bless all of you Weisenbecks
    Jeffrey J Dorchester

  16. Carole Hoyem, David Hoyem

    Sincere sympathies and love from the Hoyems .

  17. Tony and Tracey Hartung & family

    We are so grateful for the times spent with Arnie & Edie when our travels would bring us to Durand. We especially enjoyed our last visit with Arnie in September when we reminisced about family and adventures. Arnie always had a way of making a person feel special just knowing him. We wish you peace and comfort in all the days and weeks to come.

  18. Diane Schoenherr

    I am so sorry to hear of your dad‘s passing Michelle! ???? prayers and hugs for you and your entire family! You were blessed with beautiful parents! May your dad rest in peace with your mom. Take care, Diane

  19. Jess (O'Keefe) Beaver

    Sending love to the family during this time. Arnie was such a wonderful man and father figure to my dad. It makes me happy to think of Edie being there to welcome him on his journey home. ????

  20. Pat Petrie / Kurth

    My sincere condolences go out to the entire family, as my husband " Skip "and I spent many memorable moments with them. They were some of the very first to welcome us to Durand, and we experienced so much of Durand through them and their close friends. So many of us got together often to play cards, dancing, fishing trips, and more. We so enjoyed their kids as they developed into such fine young men and women. My kids. Karl and Kris recall the times playing hide and seek on the farm. 0ne favorite memory they had was catching hundreds of fireflies!! God bless the family and may you all savor your precious memories of Arnie!

  21. Colleen & Tom Garnevicus

    Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family.

  22. Donald and Karene Stewart

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for the family ????????

  23. John and Judy Parr

    Our thoughts are with at this hard time

  24. Rosan Prissel

    I am so sorry for your loss. Remembering the family in my prayers.

  25. Kathy and Mark Sommer

    Are deepest condolences to all in your family. "Uncle Arnie and Aunt Edie" were always be my favorite. I think how happy they are today, together as sweethearts reunited again. Your family is in our prayers, i hope you can feel the love and hugs we send from hundreds of miles away. May to find peace, love and joy as you celebrate your dad's life.

  26. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  27. Lori VanDamme

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your dad.. May he rest in peace. May the Lord hold you in his arms during this difficult time ????????

  28. Lani Jordan

    I have such fond memories of my time as communication director at Cenex and working closely with Arnie. Even more dear are the memories of the more than a decade our family traveled to Durand to cut a tree on the farm and spend time with Arnie and Edie. Such wonderful people. We both turned up at the wedding of Edie's great niece a few years back and it was a delight to grab a dance with Arnie. Condolences to your family on his passing. Lani Jordan and Tom Harm

  29. LaVina M. Gifford

    Arnie & Edie were very special loved friends of Gordy and I for many years. We went on fishing trips and while in a boat fishing, Arnie gave me my nickname "Biner" which my children still use. When we adopted our daughter, Liz, we chose Arnie & Edie as her God Parents and they were always so loved by her and her family. We are very thankful to Curt for bringing Arnie to see Gordy when he had a brain tumor. God Bless Arnie, our very beloved friend.

  30. Marge and Jim Schiefelbein

    We are so sad to hear of Arnie's passing. We always had such good times with Edie and Arnie when we visited them in Florida. Their hospitality was absolutely great and they always made us feel welcome. We are sure there are some intense cribbage games being played in heaven these days. We are sorry we will not be able to attend Arnie's celebration of life but we will hold him dear to our hearts and pray for him, especially on that day. May God Bless Arnie and his family.

  31. Jean Gardner

    Sorry for the loss of a great man. Condolences and prayers for family and friends. May Arnie RIP

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