Arvin Dale Sundby, 79
Arvin Dale Sundby, 79, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at his son’s home in Thief River Falls, Minn. under Hospice care.
Arvin Dale Sundby was born at home Dec. 4, 1937 in Donnelly Township of Marshall County, Minn. He was the oldest son of Vernon and Gladys (Hedden) Sundby. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended Donnelly School for his first eight years, then attended and graduated from Stephen High School in 1956.
In 1959, he was united in marriage to Sandra Froberg. They were married in Stephen, Minn. and made their home in Karlstad, Minn. To this union three children were born. In 2015, Arvin married Yvonne Stephens.
He worked for Solar Gas Company at Karlstad, Inter City Gas at Thief River Falls, and later owned and operated Sundby House-moving, Sundby Sanitation Services, Sundby Plumbing and Heating, Sundby Trailer Park, Sundby Auctioneers, and Sundby Handyman Services.
Arvin was an entertainer for over 50 years. He loved music, having received a guitar at age 14 for Christmas. He learned to play it well. At age 25 he started playing with Bob and the Meltones, and later with The Sunrays and The Auctioneers. Arvin often burned the midnight oil, working all day and playing music at night.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Yvonne, three children, Todd (Diane), Thief River Falls; Gregory (Carol), Clarksville, Tenn., and Shelly Sundby, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Sara (Darren) Bakke, Thief River Falls; Alicia (Danny) Hartless, Trussville, Ala., and Justin (Mariah) Sundby, Clarksville; six great grandchildren: Hailey Leatherwood, Anna Lynn and Addisyn and Baby Girl (due 2018) Hartless, Austin and Aniston Sundby; Yvonne’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; brothers: Roger, Jerry, Donald, and David; aunt Evelyn (Arnold) Skjerven, uncle Arden (Jo) Sundby; plus many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Arvin was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Jimmy, who died at birth, and one sister Fay (Ray) Anderson, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Per Arvin’s adamant request, there will be no visitation or funeral.
Interment will be at Stephen (Minn.) Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials will be given to Red River Valley Hospice, Cancer Center of ND, Karlstad Senior Meals, and MN Lions Vision Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research. Condolences and memorials may be mailed to 15596 State Hwy. 1 NE, Thief River Falls, MN 56701.
Gieseke Funeral Chapel, Greenbush, Minn. is assisting the family.