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Arvid V. Classon, 82

May 18, 2011

Winnebago — Arvid Verne Classon, age 82, of Winnebago, passed away on May 7, 2011, at Parker Oaks Communities, Inc.

He was born Aug. 14, 1928, in Fairmont.

Funeral Services were held May 11, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, Winnebago. The Rev. Michael Roys officiated. Interment Services were at Riverside Cemetery.

Arvid is the son of Verd Floyd Classon and Alice Mae (Sheely) Classon. He went to country school in Pilot Grove through eighth grade and graduated from Granada High School in 1946. Arvid then took accounting courses at Austin Junior College. He worked in cost accounting and office management at Fairmont Canning Company from 1947-1952, and then joined the Army. Stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for two years during the period of the Korean War. He married Bonita Jane Holtz on June 3, 1949, at First Presbyterian Church, Winnebago. June 3, 2011, would have marked 62 years of marriage for the couple. Arvid was wonderful with details and numbers, having a very analytical mind, he continued his career at Stokely Van Camp and United Foods after leaving military service. He had a committed attitude towards life that created many other lasting relationships: he remained a member of the American Legion in Winnebago; a life long collector of antiques and coins; Treasurer for Riverside Cemetery for 25 years; Treasurer for the Memorial Fund at Presbyterian Church Winnebago; a member of Presbyterian Men’s Group; and on the Presbyterian Session as Delegate. Arvid could explain eloquently what being Presbyterian was all about. He was not only a stable rock of the community but in his home; 25 plus years of scrapbooks and card collections made him known and loved by family and friends. Every Christmas, Arvid and Bonnie would pull out the dining room table and put out boxes of beautiful cards for friends and neighbors to choose from, a tradition in the community that dates back 50 years. Arvid did two crossword puzzles every day of the year, he never missed a night! He was a man of ideals, faith, stewardship, and dedication to the community.

Arvid is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Winnebago; brothers, Howard (Alla Lea) Classon, of Rose Creek, and Gary (Eileen) Classon, of Lakeland; sister, Verna (Dennis) Johnson, of Owatonna; sister-in-law, Helen Roe, of Winnebago; aunt Viola Sheely, of Fairmont; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arvid is preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Stanley and Emma Holtz; niece, Barbara Wagner; brother-in-law, Wilbur Roe; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements for the family are being handled by Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, in Winnebago.

Condolences and service information may be found at www.spencerowen.com