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Helmut Max Arnold

April 29, 1923 April 8, 2019
Helmut Max Arnold
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Obituary for Helmut Max Arnold

Helmut M. Arnold, age 95, passed away of multiple organ failure on April 8, 2019.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 North Johnson Street, Iowa City. Pastor Jennifer Lutz will officiate. There will be a luncheon following the memorial service at the church. The family will greet friends Friday, June 28, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City. Memorials can be sent to Solon Retirement Village Foundation, Zion Lutheran Church of Iowa City, Iowa City Hospice, or Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

Helmut was born in Konigsberg, Germany to Emma and Max Arnold on April 29, 1923. A preterm twin, it was feared he would not survive, and he was felt to have a weak constitution. At age 6, his family moved to Stargard, where his father served as a Methodist minister and Helmut met his future wife Kaethe Erdmann, whose family was active in the church. An absent-minded bookish boy, he was inquisitive and adventurous. He was drafted into the German army and fought on the Eastern front in WWII. After the war he attended art school and later immigrated to the US.

Helmut proposed to Kaethe in a letter and she accepted and sailed from Germany to New York. They were married on May 6, 1955 in Oakland, Maryland and lived in O'Neill, and later Lincoln, Nebraska. The couple raised four children together while he worked for the Department of Roads, retiring at age 62.

Helmut continued to have intellectual curiosity and was open to new experiences his whole life. He enjoyed various pastimes including flying, painting, camping, remodeling his sailboat, sailing, building and flying model air planes, chess, raising chinchillas, and always reading. They were active in Epworth Methodist Church and had many friends among the Eastern European immigrant community. After his retirement, he and Kaethe enjoyed traveling all over the US and Canada.

In 1991, they moved to Davenport, Iowa, and a few years later to Iowa City to be near their youngest daughter and her growing family. During their years in Iowa City they made many new friends in the Longfellow neighborhood, at Zion Lutheran Church, Legacy Pointe, and Solon Retirement Village.

Survivors include his children Michael Arnold (Dianna Bolt) of California, Gretchen Housel (Willis) of Lincoln, Nebraska, Martin Arnold (Rachel Long) of Monroe, Wisconsin and Ingrid Goldenstein (Jeffrey) of Iowa City, Iowa; sister, Renate Grewe; grandchildren, Nathan Bolt, Benjamin Housel (Leah), Amy Housel, Reuben Arnold, Madeline Arnold, Paul Goldenstein, Ilsa Goldenstein, Emma Goldenstein, Daniel Goldenstein (Rachael), and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife Kaethe in 2014, his parents, and his sister and brother, Dorothea Pearson and Manfred Arnold.

The family is grateful for the loving care he received from Solon Care Center and Iowa City Hospice.

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5:00 PM 6/28/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/28/2019 7:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States





11:00 AM 6/29/2019 11:00:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church - Iowa City

310 N. Johnson Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

A luncheon will follow the memorial service at the church.

Zion Lutheran Church - Iowa City
310 N. Johnson Street Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Oakland Cemetery Final Resting Place

1000 Brown St
Iowa City, IA 52245

1000 Brown St Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Zion Lutheran Church

310 North Johnson Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

Solon Retirement Village Foundation

523 E. 5th Street
Solon, IA 52333

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