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Published December 31, 2012, 12:00 AM

Arnold "Arnie" Grindberg

Arnold “Arnie” Grindberg, 72, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at his home in Fargo, ND.

Arnold Franklin Grindberg was born on September 19, 1940 in Mapleton, ND to Eddie and Edna (Jahnke) Grindberg. He was raised and educated in Mapleton, ND. On June 25, 1964 Arnold married Jane Jensen of West Fargo, ND and resided in Fargo, until 1967 when he and Jane opted to move to Mapleton, ND.

Arnold "Arnie" Grindberg

Arnold “Arnie” Grindberg, 72, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at his home in Fargo, ND.

Arnold Franklin Grindberg was born on September 19, 1940 in Mapleton, ND to Eddie and Edna (Jahnke) Grindberg. He was raised and educated in Mapleton, ND. On June 25, 1964 Arnold married Jane Jensen of West Fargo, ND and resided in Fargo, until 1967 when he and Jane opted to move to Mapleton, ND.

Arnold began employment in 1959 with the Cass County Highway Department. He retired after thirty six years as gravel foreman. Arnold never really embraced the notion of retirement and in 1995 fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming an entrepreneur when he started Valley Gravel Products where he owned and operated the gravel business until 2005. Family was very much a part of his business venture and all the grandkids enjoyed visiting grandpa riding on a bulldozer. He was also employed for seven years with DMI in West Fargo, ND.

Arnold epitomized the Midwestern work ethic with his children and those closest to him. He believed in the value of hard work, commitment, honesty and keeping your word would take you far in life. His steadfast commitment to his family was a high priority. Christmas was his most favorite family time where he enjoyed being the cook for Christmas dinner. Over the years, he and Jane enjoyed traveling to many parts of the country. For many years he enjoyed the time spent at Lee Lake with family and spending time with his grandkids.

Arnold was dedicated to preserving small town life. Perceiving himself as a man of action, he became an active volunteer member in the community and at the age of 29 made a commitment to public service that would span twenty six years serving on the city council and as Mayor. He served as elder for nine years with First Presbyterian Church and as a volunteer fireman. One of his major accomplishments as Mayor was securing support and completing long term flood protection and constructing a community center in 1986. Arnold always held a “never give up until you succeed attitude.”

Arnold is survived by his wife Jane, Fargo; son, Tony (Karen) Grindberg of Fargo; daughter, Krista (Chuck) Robbins of Fargo; daughter, Heidi (Shawn) Amundson of Langdon, ND and son Eric (Tasha) Grindberg of Harwood, ND and eight grandchildren; Jerica, Ashlyn, Chase, Thomas, Josie, Sarah, Emma, and Zack.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Edna Grindberg; sisters Alice Heille and Janice Grindberg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be directed to the Salvation Army.

Memorial Service: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:00pm West Funeral Home Chapel, West Fargo, ND.

Online condolences: westfuneralhome.com

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