Arvin R. Arthun
February 9, 2011
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Arvin R. Arthun, age 73, passed away on Feb. 5, 2011, in Billings, MT, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Arvin was born on March 1, 1937, to Arne J. and Hazel Arthun. He graduated from high school in Buffalo, WY. He married June Warnock, who preceded him in death in 1990. Arvin married Donna Sitz in 1996. Theirs was a beautiful marriage as they lived, loved and grew older together.
Arvin attended Arkansas State University and earned a BA degree in journalism. He became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of Captain. He was head of the Army Reserve for the state of Wyoming for a number of years.
Arvin’s earlier career was in the printing industry, where he was part owner of a print shop in Casper, WY. He loved working in the livestock and ranching industry, and much of his later career was spent marketing cattle for livestock publications, selling and making ads, brochures and sales catalogs. He logged thousands of miles driving around the state of Montana and neighboring states, visiting ranches and going to livestock sales as a ringman. When he retired, he marketed cattle for Sitz Angus Ranch, devoting his expertise to the family business. He was a NILE 200 Club Member for over 30 years, also serving on their Board of Directors.
Alvin was a true gentleman who loved all his family. He spent his life furthering his walk with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a very giving and generous man, and has passed that legacy to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters Christine (Chuck) Murphy and Pam Arthun; granddaughters Kayla (Dusty) McNeill and Jenna Kinney; and great-grandson Kaeston McNeill. He is also survived by stepsons Bob Sitz and Jim (Tammie) Sitz and stepdaughters Debbie (Craig) Kukuchka and Sherrie (Mark) Stokman. Additionally, he is survived by his brothers Ray (Chris) Arthun and Mark Aegerter; and sisters Arlene (Joe) Hager and Sonja (Mike) Abell; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and step-grandchildren.
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Smith Funeral Chapel of Billings is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service was held at Faith Chapel on Friday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. Interment with full military honors was held in Buffalo, WY, on Friday, at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montana Rescue Mission, 2902 Minnesota Ave., Billings, MT 59101, Arvin’s favorite charity.