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David Lynn Arneson


David Lynn Arneson fell asleep in death on Friday, March 17, 2017. Up to his death and in his final weeks, he was surrounded by his loving family and friends. He faithfully devoted his life, first and foremost, as a baptized minister in the Christian congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. His final hours were spent focused on his belief of the resurrection hope and giving a witness of his faith to those who so lovingly cared for him. His faith gave him the strength to continue to put others first, even as he failed in health.

He was born to Raymond and Evelyn Arneson on Oct. 14, 1942, in Glasgow, Mont. He married Friede on May 5, 1962, in Billings. He was a graduate of Glasgow High School. He worked for Buttrey Foods, in the meat department. After moving to Helena in 1965, he continued working for Buttrey Foods as well as for Safeway. He later changed his occupation to allow more time for his Christian responsibilities. He worked in the field of construction for Sharbono, and Alan Nicholson, and later as a partner of Professional Ceilings. He later formed his own operated business known as AAA Contractors with his son, Paul, and his daughter, Debbie.

In 1999, he purchased and renovated the old Cooney Hospital property that is now occupied by Mountain Pacific Quality Health, and La Casa Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. His main focus in life was his family and his faith as a minister of Jehovah's Witnesses. His ministry included sharing his faith with others as well as constructing Kingdom halls and assisting in disaster relief in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. His last volunteer project was helping with construction of the new world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses in Warwick, N.Y. in April of 2016.

His hobbies were trucks and cars. He enjoyed a two-week reprieve from the cold Montana winters in Hawaii each year, with family and friends.

He will be remembered by many as a loving, caring, humble and devoted husband, father, friend and member of the community. He is survived by his wife, Friede; daughter, Debbie; son, Paul; along with four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services have taken place. Donations on behalf of Dave are suggested to the Jehovah Witnesses by visiting or Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dave.


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