Arnold Herman Meyhoff (aka Grandpa Arnie), 91, passed away peacefully on August 6th, 2021 while residing at Knife River Care Center in Beulah. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT, Friday, August 13, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Center, ND, with Pastor Dennis Ristvedt officiating. Burial will follow at Bagley Cemetery, rural Center, ND. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Center
Arnold was born in New Salem, ND on April 26th, 1930 to Henry and Annie (Helbig) Meyhoff. He was the youngest of 3 children. Arnold attended school in New Salem and then rural country school before his family moved to Center, ND where he attended the Bagley Rural School and met the love of his life, Ruby Bagley. The family then moved to Tacoma, WA and Woodburn, OR where he graduated the 8th grade and was confirmed. They returned to Center in 1945 and Arnold graduated from Center High School in 1949.
Arnold and Ruby were united in marriage on March 27th, 1949 at the Bagley farm north of Center. From this union they were blessed with 4 children; Vicki, Heidi, Dick and Deborah. They made their home southwest of Center in a rock house and in 1959 moved to their current farmstead, Hillside Ranch, just south of Center. He was a hard worker on the farm and off, and loved to fix things. In his younger years Arnold worked as a schoolteacher at Clark Country School and then for the Soil Conservation District laying out strip crops and planting trees before settling at Basin Electric where he worked in coal-handling and as a mechanic for 20 years. Arnold retired from Basic Electric in 1983 after suffering a heart attack, which led to him being able to enjoy more of what he truly loved and lived for; spending time with his family.
Arnold could often be heard telling others that the most important things in his life were his family and his faith. Arnold was a long-time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Center. Arnold and Ruby are known far and wide for their love of their grandchildren, and it showed by the many vacations they took them all on. A van full of kids heading to Oregon, the ND State Fair and skiing in Big Sky, MT with grandpa and grandma were yearly adventures that we will never forget. Arnold rarely missed any of his grandchildren’s (and great-grandchildren’s) sporting and school events, and was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, family or otherwise. He had a heart of gold that will live on through his family.
Arnold is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ruby; one sister-in-law, Rosemary Meyhoff, Bismarck, one daughter and son-in-law; Vicki and Rod Meckle, Center, 2 sons-in-law; Lloyd Huber, Hazen and Randy Yunker, Center, one adopted son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Bobbi Barnhardt, Washburn, one former daughter-in-law, Patty (Doug) Burkhart, Center, 13 grandchildren; Brad (Milissa) Meckle, Center, Karmen (Shane) Giesen, Fargo, Mike (Laura) Huber, Hannover, Scott (Kristy) Huber, Beulah, Trevor Huber, Beulah, Ryan (Holly) Huber, Bismarck, Heather (Ryan) Vigesaa, Stanton, Jyle (Sarah) Meyhoff, Anacortes, WA, Travis Meyhoff, Bismarck, Brett Meyhoff (fiancé, Alex), Bismarck, Lacy (Matt) Richter, Center, Kelsy (Tim) Kallis, Mandan, Haley Waldo, Center, 3 adopted grandchildren; Dylan Barnhardt, Washburn, Bryce Barnhardt, Washburn, and Tyler Barnhardt, Grand Forks, 25 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arnold is also survived by his many barn cats which Ruby will lovingly care for now!
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; Henry and Annie Meyhoff, a sister and brother-in-law; Elsie and Hugh (Sam) Godard, his brother; Ed Meyhoff, his son; Dick Meyhoff, 2 daughters; Heidi Huber and Deborah Yunker and an infant grandson; Dustin Yunker.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Oliver County Ambulance Association. The family would also like to send a special “Thank You” to the Knife River Care Center staff.
From Arnold: “Machs Gut, Auf Wiedersehen!” (Take Care, Goodbye Until We Meet Again!)
Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.
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