Michael F. Arnzen, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at his home in Tillamook, Ore.
He is survived by his children, Kristi Conway (Ken) along with their children, Tyler and Sawyer Conway; and son, Dana Arnzen, along with his children, Riley and Bryce Arnzen. He is also survived by sisters, Wilma Wassmuth (Ed) and Linda Arnzen; along with brothers, Chuck Arnzen (Linda), Greg Arnzen (Nancy), Roger Arnzen (Barb), Ron Arnzen and Joe Arnzen (Danel). He was preceded in death by his only granddaughter, Kori Grace Conway; parents, Philip and Clara Arnzen; brothers, Gary, Miles and Guy Arnzen; and a cherished uncle, Innocent Schaff. Mike worked at Cottonwood Elevator before enlisting in the Army in 1964. He earned the Green Beret and was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. After his service, he graduated from University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, with a BA in Agriculture Economics while starting his family with Colleen Kopczynski.
Mike managed Albers Feed and Farm Supply store in Oregon City and Myrtle Point, Ore.
He returned to the Prairie to begin his years of farming, became a board member and eventually manager at Idaho County Light and Power, managed an electric co-op in Kansas and later Sam Rayburn Texas, before returning to Lewiston, Idaho and opening Bryden Pawn.
Mike was a Wounded Warrior and a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. Per his final wishes, there will not be a service.
However, a day of remembrance will be held in Idaho next summer that will include activities he loved the most.
In lieu of sending flowers, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org or spend some time with local veterans to see how you can help them.
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