Arthur Walter Pfeifer
July 30, 1928 – Apr. 18, 2020
Arthur Walter Pfeifer, the son of Frank and Magdalena (Gerein) Pfeifer was born July 30, 1928 in Rugby, North Dakota. He died at the age of 91 years on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.
Art was raised in the rural farm home of his parents in Tuscarora Township, Pierce County and attended Brazil Country School # 4 and completed his education, graduating from Balta High School. Following graduation, he left the family farm for Chicago, Illinois where he worked for the Chicago Publishing Company. He would later return to help on the family farm. In 1952, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1954. Following service, he again returned to the farm. On October 17, 1955 he was united in marriage to Arlene Thomas at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Towner. The couple made their home with his parents until they purchased a farm of their own in the Pleasant Lake, Benson County area. Here they farmed and raised their family. Arlene died January 26, 1971. Art, with the help of family continued to raise his young family and retired into Rugby in 1985 after 32 years of farming. He was passionate about farming, especially grain farming and spent long days in the hayfield on his Minneapolis-Moline U tractor.
Art was a firm but gentle and quiet man and was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Knox, a current member of Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby, was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed memberships in the Germans from Russia, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Eagles. He enjoyed playing cards, taking drives in the country, was an avid fisherman and was able to make a trip to the origin of his family’s home country of Odessa, Russia.
He is survived by his children, Blaine of Pleasant Lake, Carl of Hamilton, Montana, Elaine (Cordell) Myran of Dickinson, Gwen Pfeifer of Minot and Holly Pfeifer of Fargo; 10 Grandchildren; 7
Great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Janice Pfeifer of Rugby; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; two sons, Francis and Donald; three brothers, Anton “Tony”, Roy and Francis; two sisters, Catherine Pfeifer and Regardia Schaan; special friend, Edna Boardman; and his parents.
A private Mass of Christian Burial for his family by invitation only was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, Father Neil Pfeifer, Celebrant. Burial with full military honors
for family and the public will be held in the church cemetery in the late spring, along with a Celebration of Life Memorial Mass of Christian Burial in the church.
To view the service go to our website and click on the YouTube link on his obituary page.
Organist: Glenda Mack
Vocalist/Cantor: Robert Graber
Readers: Blaine Pfeifer, Patricia Pfeifer & Laura Heilman
Gift Bearers: Daniel Pfeifer & Sharon Johnson
Military Honors will be accorded by the Rugby American Legion Honor and Color Guard and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail.
Honorary Bearers: All Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
Casket Bearers: Blaine Pfeifer, Andrew Pfeifer, Brandon Zapone, Daniel Pfeifer, Gerold Pfeifer & Cordell Myran
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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