Arthur Jordahl Jr., 1934-2015

Published 9:26 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

Funeral services for Arthur (Bud) Jordahl, Jr. will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. Vern Christopherson officiating. Burial will take place in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Hindt Funeral Home of Spring Valley is in charge of the arrangements.

Arthur Jordahl Jr.

Arthur Jordahl Jr.

Arthur (Bud) Jordahl Jr., 80 years, 9 months, of Rochester passed away the evening of Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Madonna Towers in Rochester.

Art, the youngest of 10 siblings, was born July 14, 1934, to Arthur P. and Palma C. (Mortenson) Jordahl Sr. He was born in the family’s home on his great-grandfather’s homestead in Manchester Township. Art was baptized and confirmed at Manchester Lutheran Church. He attended Freeborn School in Freeborn through 10th grade. He finished high school at Bethany Lutheran High School and earned an associate’s degree from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.

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At the age of 20, Art joined the United States Army and served from 1954 until 1956. He earned degrees with majors in science and industrial arts from the University of Minnesota. He taught high school physical science, earth science, chemistry and physics for 32 years in DeSoto, Wisconsin, and Holton, Michigan, before retiring from Byron after teaching there for 27 years. Even though he was retired, he taught everyone who knew him how to live each day to the fullest by his example dealing with everyday challenges of MS.

Art married Rachel Schmidt in 1955 and parented four children, Andrew (Rose) of Big Lake, Clinton (fiancee, Marilyn Birkland) of Clear Lake, Eileen (Bill) Merrill of New Zealand and Garrett (Angela) of Big Lake; and four grandchildren, Eric and Sarah and Max and Stella. Art and Rachel later divorced. Art married Darlene Freimark in 1976 in Spring Valley and together they lived in Rochester.

Art is survived by his wife, Darlene; sisters Eunice Twiss of Montgomery, Alabama, Dorothy (Bob Cobb) Schmidt of Moorhead and LaVonne (Dan) Johnson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brother, Donald (Phyllis) Jordahl, of Hartland; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Palma; brothers John and Kermit; sisters Carmen, Volborg and Ardis; sisters-in-law Leona and Janet; and brothers-in-law Martin Putz, Galen Johnson, Michael Twiss, Benjamin Anderson and John Schmidt.

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