Dick H. Arends, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at Grangeville, Idaho.
He was born December 4, 1926 in Oak Harbor, Washington to Arnold D. Arends and Jantina Bierling Arends. At age 10, the family moved to Prosser, Washington where his family purchased a bakery and Dick learned the bakery trade. Dick worked for Josef’s Bakery in Grangeville, Gortsema Motors, and eighteen years for School District 241 as Transportation Director and Hot Lunch Supervisor. He was a volunteer fireman at Prosser and Grangeville. He also served on the Snowhaven Ski Board and drove the ski bus for many years.
He married Bertha Vrieling on June 8, 1950.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha and three daughters, Donna (Darrell) Kingma of Grangeville, Patti (Ron) Brouwer of Cadillac, Michigan and Bonnie (Jim) Brouwer of Grangeville; seven grandchildren, Deanna (Mike) Waugh, Daralyn (Lane) Binish, Janice, Peter and John Brouwer, Paul and Jill Brouwer. He is also survived by two sisters, Angeline DenBoer of Grandview, Washington, Ida (Albert) VanKlinken of Prosser, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Reka Ramerman, Jeannette Spradlin, twin sister Marie Arends, and a brother, William.
Dick was a member of the Christian Reformed Church and later changed his membership to the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene.
After retirement Dick and Bert did extensive traveling with their motor home, especially enjoying the Pacific Ocean.
Dick was a family man and enjoyed many family camping trips.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. The Rev Mike Greenwood of the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Burial will follow at the Prairie View Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 27, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene or the charity of your choice.