Keith Arends, 1958-2015

Published 10:27 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Keith A. Arends, 57, of Tucson, Arizona, died peacefully in his home from natural causes Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.  

Keith Arends

Keith Arends

Keith Allen Arends was born Feb. 2, 1958, in Austin, the son of Caroll and Donna (Meixner) Arends. He grew up in rural Glenville. He was baptized and confirmed at Round Prairie Lutheran Church. Keith graduated from Glenville High School in 1976. He worked for Bob Larson Construction in Albert Lea after graduation. However, the love of the desert drew him away from Minnesota to Arizona and he relocated to Tucson. After initially working construction, he worked 20 years at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Keith was a gentle and kind man who was blessed with many friends. Keith was happiest exploring the Arizona deserts while hunting and camping.

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Keith is survived by his sister, Jodi Wild; two nieces, Katherine and Elizabeth Wild of Byron; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Shelli Arends.

A celebration of Keith’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Round Prairie Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Visitation with the family will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service.

A memorial service was held in Tucson on Oct. 30.

To leave condolences for the family, visit Vistoso Funeral Home’s website at for more information.