Gary Arp, 1944-2019

Published 1:00 am Thursday, July 25, 2019

Gary Lee Arp was born May 2, 1944, in Manly, Iowa, the son of Larry “Barney” and Latwina “Minnie” (Detzel) Arp. He attended school in Manly, Iowa.

Gary Arp

Gary married Nancy Ellen Chapman on July 7, 1962, and throughout their years together they had lived in Albert Lea, California and Alaska, where Gary worked on the pipeline. They later returned to Albert Lea and opened Petals and Bows Floral Shop. Nancy proceeded Gary in death on Oct. 1, 1998.

Gary married Susan Kay (Wittenburg) Feuerhak on Oct. 16, 2004, in Park Rapids.

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They made Albert Lea their home and operated Petals and Bows in Northwood and also operated a wholesale floral business before retiring. In his retirement many will remember how he loved to ride his scooter, always with his canine companion.

Gary was a great outdoorsman, which made his 20 years in Alaska so enjoyable. He loved being back to nature, fishing, hunting, flower gardening and wandering with his dogs by his side were his favorite pastimes.

Gary died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was 75.

Gary will be greatly missed by his family: wife, Sue; daughter, Sheila Kisner, of Albert Lea; grandson, Roy Lee Kisner, and his two sons; stepchildren Ann (Kevin) Steele of Garnavillo, Iowa, and their children Susan, Justin, Elizabeth and Kaleb and David (Darra) Feuerhak of Bethalto, Illinois, and their children Noah, Jonah, Anaiah and Moriah; mother-in-law, Betty Wittenburg, of Park Rapids; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Beverly Arp of Manly, Iowa, Ron Purkapile of LeRoy, Kathryn and Allen Belt of Park Rapids, Duane and Fran Wittenburg of Leavenworth, Kansas, and Kermit and Marcia Wittenburg of Park Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Scott; his wife, Nancy; stepson, Paul Lee Feuerhak; sister, Beverly McClung; brother, Marvin “Butch” Arp; and sister, Mary Ann Purkapile.

A visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea.

Private interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetary.