Arnie Lucken

Arnie Lucken

Arnie Lucken, 92-year- old resident of Royalton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Nov. 4, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton, with Father Laurn Virnig officiating. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Prairie.
Arnie was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Fosston, to the late Andrew and Olga (Peterson) Lucken. He grew up and graduated from high school in Fosston. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy when World War II began and was stationed on the USS Kephart during W.W. II as a radioman. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and arrived at San Diego, Calif. He attended telegraph school in Minneapolis. He was employed as a Depot Agent for Northern Pacific Railroad at Wadena. In 1950, he went to California and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a conductor for feight and passenger trains for 40 years until retiring in 1995. Arnie was united in marriage to Evelyn Hurdt, Oct. 2, 1954, at St. Marys Catholic Church in El Centro, California. In October of 1995, they moved to Royalton. He loved to travel; visiting all 50 states and Canada. He became a private pilot in 1962 and flew his own plane, and drove a Triumph motorcycle, VW bug and his motor home. Arnie loved reading and was a history buff. He loved birds and animals, especially cats. He will be remembered as being a very caring person. Arnie was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Royalton American Legion.
Arnie is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Evelyn; niece, Terri Mitchell of Michigan; stepniece, Loanne Sorenson of Arlington; and many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lila Laney; brothers-in-law, Reynold and Herbert Hurdt; and sister-in-law, Verena Mrosla.

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