BELOIT, Wis. — Arne Pederson, 80, of Beloit passed away peacefully in his home Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, after spending his final days immersed in the love of his entire family and under the watchful eye of Jesus, who welcomed him to his new home with open arms.
He was born to Elmer and Margaret (Olson) Pederson in La Crosse, Dec. 11, 1936. He grew up on the family farm in Purdy, Wis., graduated from Viroqua High School and attended UW-LaCrosse. Arne married Joan Garvalia Aug. 30, 1958, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa.
He is survived by Joan Pederson, his loving wife of 58 years; his son, Gary Pederson and daughter-in-law, Cindy Pederson; his daughter, Kelly Crandall Pederson and his daughter, Lori Tinker and son-in-law, Dave Tinker. He is survived by six adoring grandkids, who are as humble and kind as their grandfather, Danielle and Bridget Pederson, Alex and Kristi Crandall, Mackenzie and Melanie Tinker, all of whom are world-class euchre players thanks to grandpa.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Margaret; brothers Chuck and John; and his infant son, Joseph.
Arne started his career at Delap Oil and Gas and then Don Mcintosh Ford in Viroqua, before embarking on a profession in plumbing and heating in Madison. He eventually moved to Beloit, where he enjoyed a long and successful career with Quigley Smart, as a service technician, salesman and for a period of 30 years, president and co-owner of the company and only recently retired after 58 years, where he fostered life-long friendships with countless customers.
Arne was a member of numerous organizations, including Star Zenith Boat Club, Lion’s Club, Moose Club, Ducks Unlimited, Euchre and 500 Club at Star Zenith, as well as his Tuesday Gin Club at The Mouse, with his buddies. Arne and Joan have been longtime members of Our Lady of Assumption in Beloit, where Arne was known to pitch a furnace deal or two while handing out bulletins after Mass.
Arne was blessed with a life filled with the love of family, friends and adventure. In the 1970s and 80s, Arne traveled the world with Joan and built a treasure trove of memories. He revisited his farming roots many years ago and loved his 80-acre slice-of-heaven near Richland Center, where he grew grapes, enjoyed hosting deer-hunting excursions and riding his Ford tractor with enough quirky mechanical issues that only he could ever safely drive it. Arne spent each spring on Fort Myers beach and hosted a revolving door of children and grandchildren visitors – never getting tired of watching the sun setting in the gulf. He never met a stranger and made friends everywhere he went – Euchre tournaments, Al’s Snack Shop, Woodman’s, church, work, Vito’s barbershop… literally, everywhere he went.
Beginning as an 18-year old, you could find Arne buzzing on the Mississippi River with his first boat. For the next 60 years, he shared his love of boating with his family, while teaching them how to ski and fish.
Working around cars in high school fueled his passion for cars, especially Fords. His collection included a 1931 Model A, a 1957 Ford F-150 pick-up, a 1965 Mustang and his prize possession, the cherry red 1956 Thunderbird convertible that he would drive on warm sunny days.
But above all, Arne enjoyed being with family and friends and was content just to be in their company and commotion. But we were the lucky ones!
We miss you and love you dad, grandfather, husband, uncle, father-in-law, and friend.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Arne will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, with Fr. Michael Resop officiating. Inurnment will be in Plymouth Cemetery at a later date. Visitation of remembrance will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit.
Memorials may be given in his name to Beloit Regional Hospice or Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.