Arnold Arthur Schlecht (80) of Gackle, ND died May 31, 2022 at CHI, Bismarck, ND with his family by his side
Arnold was born October 16,1941 to Herbert and Esther (Kauk) Schlecht at Lehr, ND. At age two, Arnold moved with his parents to the Streeter, ND family farm. Arnold attended Streeter Public School and graduated in 1959.
On September 27,1959 he married Annetta (Batsch) Schlecht of Gackle, ND. They farmed with his parents until the spring of 1961, then rented a farmstead northwest of Streeter for two years. In 1963 they purchased their current farmstead northeast of Streeter. In 1972 they received the North Dakota Outstanding Young Farmers and Ranchers Award and they also received the Farm Bureau National Award that same year.
Arnold was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He was a past member of the Streeter Wildlife, Streeter School Board, ND Stockman’s Association, Eagles, and Farm Bureau and he served on various committees. His favorite pastime was hunting and fishing. He enjoyed making homemade deer sausage with his family and friends, his yard and vegetable garden, nightly drives around the farm and always had time to stop and visit a friend. Arnold cherished his family and grandchildren. Arnold will be remembered for his love of hugging friends and family and his strong handshakes. Friends were many and abundant including those they made in Desert Hot Springs where he and Annetta enjoyed their winters.
He was blessed with a wonderful family of four children. He is survived by his wife Annetta of 62 years, two daughters Angela Ternes (Gary), Bismarck, and Jolene Ellefson (Steve) Bismarck, and one son Kelly Schlecht Mandan. He has 7 grandchildren: Janna Tuck (AJ), Kelsie Mettler (David) and Lane Ternes, Christopher and Summer Schlecht, Carina Wittmier (Barret) and Anthony Schlecht (Lydia); 10 great grandchildren Catherine, Joseph, Johnny and Stephen Tuck; Matthias, Heidi, and Tobias Mettler; Wyatt, Wylder, and Grey Wittmier; and Anthony’s children Adrianna, Annalise, and Baby Boy to Be; 4 step grandchildren: Scott Ellefson (Brenda), Shawn Ellefson (Ann), Andrew Heflin (Lindi), Heather Cole, and many step great grandchildren.
Arnold is survived by his two brothers, Kermith Schlecht, Streeter, Percy (Sue) Schlecht, California, and one sister, Thelma Wall, Tappen.
He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Esther Schlecht, son Steven Schlecht, brother Morris Schlecht, sister and brother in-law Marvin and Florence Grenz, brother in-law Melvin Wall, sister in-law Sharon Schlecht, and step grandson Mark Heflin.