Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Arthur Ervin Welle, age 62 of Opole will be 11AM Friday, November 16th, 2012 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole. Father Gregory Mastey will officiate and burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery following the service. Arthur died unexpectedly in his home Monday morning. There will be a visitation for Arthur from 4-8PM Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole and again from 10 AM until the time of the service Friday morning at the church. Parish prayers will take place at 5:30 PM. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Holdingford.
Arthur was born Oct. 19, 1950 in St. Cloud to Martin and Rita (Bidinger) Welle. After graduation, Arthur served in the United States Air Force. He married Diane Steichen, Aug. 23, 1975, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. After marriage the couple lived in Cold Spring before eventually moving to Opole where he lived the rest of his life. Arthur worked as a cabinetmaker for Felling Wood Products and most recently for Ron’s Cabinets before retiring in 2005. He was an avid outdoorsman with a love of hunting, fishing, and camping. His greatest love of all though was spending time with his family. He was a member of the Waite Park Legion and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Opole.
Arthur is survived by his loving wife Diane Welle, of Opole; his children Jason (Jenny Minette) Welle of Holdingford, Jesse (Lisa) Welle of Holdingford and Arthur “A.J” (Pam) Welle of Holdingford; his grandkids Hunter, Aaron, Blake, James, Alex, Grant, Toby, Katlyn, and Logan; his siblings, Sharon (Butch) Chrast of Sartell, Sandy (Ralph) Weber of New York Mills, Sue Dockendorf of Waite Park, Gary (Cheri Welle of Pleasant Lake, Bruce (Cheryl) Welle of Rockville, Bryan (Patty) Welle, Wausau, Wis., Jeff (Stubs) Welle of Rockville, Joe (Patsy) Welle of St. Cloud, Cindy (Steve) Ahmann of Rockville, Marty (Julie) Welle of Richmond and Pam (Steve) Voigt of Luxemburg; and his beloved dogs Bear, Lucy, and Max.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Rita Welle, and his brother-in- law, Ken Dockendorf.