Kristopher L. Arens

Kristopher L. Arens, age 48 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in an automobile accident at the intersection of Highway 12 and the Fordyce spur.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley with the Rev. Andy Phan officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be at the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Urn bearer will be Tony Pick.

Kristopher Leon Arens was born on August 23, 1971 in Yankton, SD to Kenneth Linus and Ruth Ann (Jansen) Arens. He grew up on a farm east of Fordyce, Nebraska and attended elementary school at East Catholic in Bow Valley and graduated from Hartington Cedar Catholic High School in 1989. Kristopher went to Northeast Technical Community College in Norfolk for two years and then returned home and farmed with his father. While farming he also worked in Yankton at Save-U-More Foods. Kristopher worked in Madison, Nebraska at the Pork Plant for a couple years. He then worked for L&M Radiator in Yankton, Sapa (formerly Alumax), and K-Mart for 13 years until they closed their doors. His final place of employment was at AutoZone in Yankton.

Kristopher collected toy tractors and also loved his full size tractors. He was an avid Nebraska Husker football fan, enjoyed driving his Mustang and his 4-Wheeler. He also loved dogs and had a small white dog named Tippy when he was young and a chocolate lab named Jake later in life.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth of Hartington; special friend Stacey Schomer of Yankton, SD; several aunts, uncles and first cousins.

Kristopher was preceded in death by his father Kenneth in 2015; infant sister Mary; paternal grandparents Anthony and Margaret Arens; maternal grandparents Alphonse and Myrtle Jansen.

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9 response to "Kristopher L. Arens"

  1. By: Roni Lammers(Kollars) Posted: September 14, 2019

    My deepest sympathies in the loss of Kris. Always such a hard working man. Prayers that God grants you peace and understanding during this difficult time.

  2. By: Mike Papik Posted: September 14, 2019

    So sad to hear about Kris, I had the pleasure of working with him at Auto Zone. Enjoyed the time working with him. God Bless Kris

  3. By: Judy Lyngstad Posted: September 15, 2019

    Ruth, I am so sorry to hear about Kris. I enjoyed working with Kris for many years at Kmart. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Judy Lyngstad

  4. By: Ellen Pederson Posted: September 15, 2019

    Ruth, I am so sorry when I heard about Kris. I know how difficult it is to lose a child. It hard to understand why things happen the way they do when he was so important to so many. Don’t loose your faith as only God can help you and he will. Don’t lose hope as there are so many people that care about you and praying for you. With sympathy

  5. By: Kathy King Posted: September 15, 2019

    So very sorry for your loss Ruth. Love and Prayers.

  6. By: Lee & Alice Johnson Posted: September 15, 2019

    My deepest sympathies to his family, especially Ruth whom is my dear friend, since we worked together at K-Mart. Kris was also my friend, since working together at K-Mart, too. He always made me smile & laugh, great sense of humor, hard worker, good to everyone, the nicest guy, whom will surely be missed. May he RIP

  7. By: Linda Kollars Posted: September 16, 2019

    Sorry for your loss Ruth

  8. By: Joan Arens Posted: September 17, 2019

    Aunt Ruth, I’m so sorry to hear about Kris. Your in my thoughts and prayers. God always takes the best.

  9. By: Sandy Sherman Posted: September 18, 2019

    Ruth , so sorry to hear about Kris , i always enjoyed working with you both at Kmart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP KRIS

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