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Arnold 'Arnie' E. Stumvoll


Arnold "Arnie" E. Stumvoll, 83, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016, with his loving wife and family by his side.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at St. Raphael's Parish.

Funeral services will be celebrated Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at St Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow, followed by interment at the Highland Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 8, 1932, in Underwood, N.D., to Frank and Agnes (Krenz) Stumvoll. He was raised in Max, N.D., and graduated from Max High School in 1951. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Viola "Vicky" Ulrich, of Underwood, on June 27, 1956. They would have been married 60 years this year. To their union five children were born, Dean Stumvoll, Robert Stumvoll, Barbara Willis, Elizabeth Probst and Jacqueline Murphy.

He met Vicky when Vicky would go to her grandparent's farm during the summer. Vicky's grandparents lived a short distance from Arnie's parents, so they knew each other when they were young. Vicky's uncle, Denise, and Arnie were friends for many years, so when Arnie was batching, he managed to show up at Vicky's grandparents' house just in time for dinner. Vicky's grandmother, Helen, always felt that they would make a wonderful match!

After many years working on the farm and dairy business in North Dakota, Clarence Friese and Arnie decided to purchase a bakery business in Glasgow. Then on April 7, 1970, he and two partners opened Arnie's Electric, and in 1980 he and Vicky bought out his partners and continued to extend his and Vicky's existing life partnership to now also include a business partnership.

Even though he retired in 1996, he continued to enjoy his time with Bob (who bought out Arnie's Electric) and Stumvoll Electric. He lived his life with commitment and integrity to God, his family, his friends and the community.

He loved to hunt, camp with family and friends, work in the yard, play cards, a Sunday drive with his family and a cold glass of chocolate milk.

One of his greatest hobbies was making furniture out of wood for his kids and grandkids. They all have a beautiful piece of furniture that he crafted with his own hands.

While they deeply mourn his untimely passing and search for understanding, they are thanking God for what his life meant to them. He gave them all he had. He was a wonderful provider, a deeply loving husband and loving father to both his wife, Vicky, and their children.

He and Vicky raised their children to be loving, compassionate and respectful people. His motto was "Life is good." He was fierce in his love and protection of his family and friends. For all those whom his passion and kindness touched, his family is grateful. He loved helping others. No matter how you came to know him, he left a mark on you in some way.

He was a man who had been a light in so many lives. He was half of the couple that proved that true love didn't just exist in fairy tales. He was a hero to many and a man that changed so many lives for the better. He was a man who epitomized what it was to fight for what you want, what you have and what you need, but also reassured you that you would never fight alone, as long as he was there.

His family was blessed to call him husband, dad, grandpa and friend. They will spend forever remembering him, missing him, and NEVER forgetting how blessed they were having him in their lives. They love him and until he and them meet again.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Stumvoll, Agnes Pflipsen and Hubert Pflipsen; a grandson, Joshua Stumvoll; and a brother-in-law and friend, Don Kostelecky.

Survivors include his loving wife, Vicky; five children, Dean Stumvoll and his wife, Sally, of Oakton, Va., Robert Stumvoll and his wife, Barbara, of Libby, Barbara Willis and her husband, Wm. Fred, of Billings, Elizabeth Probst and her husband, Breck, of Tuttle, Okla., and Jacqueline Murphy and her husband, Pat, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 14 grandchildren, Ryan Stumvoll, Ashley Stumvoll, Brittany Stumvoll, Haley Stumvoll, Justin Stumvoll and his wife, Abi, Katie Byrne and her husband, Brendon, Rick Stumvoll and his wife, Amy, Mike Willis and his wife, Melanie, Angie Just and her husband, Doug, Brandy Schaffer, Eli Probst, Wyatt Probst, Katelynn Murphy and Lexi Murphy; five siblings, Alice Moon and her husband, Phil, Rosemary Bratten, Judy Reading and her husband, John, Doris Moore and Dwight Pflipsen and his wife, Shelley; a sister-in-law, Lucy Kostelecky; a brother-in-law, Alfred Ulrich, and his wife, Barb; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


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