Douglas Lee Arne

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September 20, 1962 ~ June 13, 2024

Douglas L. Arne, 61, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, June 13, 2024, at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, from heart failure.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3PM, Friday, June 28, 2024, at Heartland Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association in Doug’s memory.

Douglas Lee Arne was born on September 20, 1962, to Robert and Barbara (Reinke) Arne in Oaks, ND. He was baptized at the West Fairview Lutheran Church and grew up in Englevale, ND, attending school in Verona, ND. He then moved to Lisbon, ND where he continued his education. He started working at Sanitation Services until moving to South Dakota in the late 80’s. Doug worked various jobs in South Dakota, including production worker and janitorial services, where he found his niche for the last fifteen years.

Doug always had a connection with animals, from his cat, “Scrappy,” whom he could “cradle like a baby and he would go right to sleep;” to his parakeet whom he taught to talk and give kisses; and squirrels that would eat from his hand. This proved that he had a gentle soul.

Doug loved music, Def Leppard being his favorite. He enjoyed driving around with his cousins, in his younger days, listening to all 80’s rock bands. He spent many hours assembling model cars.

Doug is survived by one sister, Brenda (Sherwyn Calsbeek) Erickson, Larchwood, IA; one brother, Ivan Arne, Billings, MT; five nieces, Jodee Westerbur, Sioux Falls, Bobbie (Chris) Safar, Valley Springs, SD, Brandi Grace (Jason), Larchwood, IA, Amanda (Cameron) Benolkin, Harrisburg, SD, Cayli Arne, Billings, MT; along with many great nieces and nephews; and a special buddy, Judson.

Doug is preceded in death by his father, Robert Arne; his mother, Barbara Kastrow; and his grandparents.




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