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Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA

OBITUARY

Michael Leroy Arndt

11 November , 195221 May , 2019

Michael LeRoy Arndt, 66, passed away May 21, 2019, in Ankeny, Iowa. Michael was born in Spencer, Iowa, and was raised in Dickens by his parents, Charlotte and LeRoy Arndt. In 1970 he graduated from South Clay High School in Gillett Grove. In 1974 he received an undergraduate degree from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and later received a masters in business administration from Drake University in 1978. He worked as an accountant specializing in public utilities. He began his career working for the Iowa Commerce Commission and Hess & Lim in Maryland before forming his own business.

Mick found great joy in sports and was an avid collector of sports memorabilia. He was a student of history, particularly the American Civil War, and loved expanding his knowledge through traveling, visiting museums, and collecting a vast library of books. Michael was a devoted member of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. His greatest treasures were his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his father, LeRoy, mother, Charlotte, and sister, Carmeletta.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth (Darren) Borst of Des Moines; son, Bryan (Emily) Arndt of Clive, two granddaughters: Adeline and Isabel Arndt; and one grandson, Bergen Borst.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lutheran Church of Hope, Kirkendall Public Library and the Ankeny Senior Center.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 30 May , 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, 30 May , 2019

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Lori Nebel

29 May 2019

To Mick's family,
I found out about Mick's passing this afternoon when I checked my email. My prayers and love to each of you! I am in tears for Mick was such a wonderful person who I knew from church! I meet him years ago for he would sit a few rows behind me at church and would always greet me and visit for awhile which meant the world to me (being a single mom) with no family around in the Des Moines area. After reading the other condolences... notes here, I remembered one time in particular at a Hope's singles get together, he was teaching me different dance steps. So patient, kind, and a great dancer he was! My teenage son, Xzavier, was shocked like I was to see he had passed away.
He will always be remembered.. loved.
So sad to no longer see him at church or visit with him in person, yet, happy to know he is in a wonderful place called heaven and with God and other family. He will continue to live on in my memories and that I am so thankful for have been able to know him.

Sincerely,
Lori Nebel

Esther and Becky (Friends from Prarie Meadows) Crowell and Backstrom

29 May 2019

Our deepest sympathy to Mick's family of their unexpected loss. You are in our prayers.

Hearing this sad news today brings the memory I have meeting Mick at the table of friends who gathered every Tuesday at Prairie Meadows on Senior citizens day with my folks, "Esther and Donald Crowell" .
Mick would ask to dance and we would dance . Mick was always talkative and telling a few jokes along with informing me of upcoming events that I may like. RIP

May the lord hold you in the palm of his hands.

Becky Backstrom and Esther Crowell

Joan Boldrey

29 May 2019

To the family of Mick Arndt,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. I knew Mick fro Lutheran Church of Hope, WDM. He was such a delightful person and I admired him very much. He was so kind and he never knew a stranger. He could talk to anyone and made everyone feel welcomed and special. We had birthdays back to back. His was Nov 11 and I am Nov 12.

I was so shocked and saddened when I heard of his passing. He will be missed by many people. Heaven has a very special angel now. Mick will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in Peace my friend.

Tarrel Habben

29 May 2019

To the family of Mick, we are so sorry for you loss. We were completely shocked to hear the news of Mick's passing. Mick was related to my ex-husband/family. I live in Spencer, IA and have 3 children; Mick would come visit to watch my kids participate in sports. He was one of the kindest men I know and always expressed how proud he was of my kids. He so enjoyed watching them compete in Football, Basketball and Baseball. Mick had a heart of gold and was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. I feel blessed to have gotten to know Mick. Mick will be greatly missed.

Brian Nevermann

28 May 2019

I was shocked and very sad to learn of Mick's passing. I considered Mick to be my best friend in the Des Moines area. We got to know each other through Hope Singles, and spent a lot of time together at Hope, discussing our faith and life as a single man. We also had a close connection through our love of sports and card collecting. We talked a lot at Ryan's Cardz and The Rookie, and at card shows. We had a similar interest in collecting, and would look for each other. We also loved talking Drake athletics, baseball, and college sports, and attended some Drake games together.

Mick was one of the nicest people I ever met. I was amazed by how he could strike up a conversation with anyone he met. He was so good talking with children. I admired how easy it was for him to make friends. I always looked forward to seeing Mick and spending time with him. Great guy. He will be missed.

Tami Rith

27 May 2019

This came as quite a shock to me. Mick was my moms cousin but was only 6 years older than me. I have very fond memories of him as a child. One that sticks out is him playing a Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart song on his guitar at Aunt Berts cabin on the 4th of July. He was definitely the coolest back then. We just saw him a couple years ago in Okoboji and he looked great. I am definitely going to miss him. God bless you all and may your memories of his smile and love for you grow faster than the pain of his passing.

Victoria Long

27 May 2019

I am devastated beyond belief. I was a good friend of Micks, meeting him at our Lutheran Church of Hope. We normally sat beside one another. To his children...your dad was absolutely beyond kind. He was funny, always upbeat, and was the kindest, most gracious man I've ever known. He never said a negative word about anyone. He always spoke of the love of his children, and his grand babies. His love for God was unwavering. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. God speed and rest in peace Mick...

Jimmy Kelly

26 May 2019

Always friendly. Super nice. Ran lots of miles together. He used to call me the running Indian. Going to be missed by me so many others. See you in heaven brother. Be at peace you are now in Gods hands

Keith Gadbury

26 May 2019

Mick
You were a wonderful friend through schedule collecting . Met you in Harrisburg, Pa. last year.
Our hobby community will miss you and on behalf of schedule collectors, condolences to the Arndt family .

Debbie Richardson

26 May 2019

Will miss Mick. Enjoyed dancing with him in Okoboji and Des Moines area. RIP!

FROM THE FAMILY