Arnold Walter goerke, Maple Lake

Arnold Walter Goerke, age 82, of rural Maple Lake, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born on August 21, 1935, in Chatham Township, Wright County, the son of Theodore and Clara (Bartels) Goerke.
He was baptized in September of 1935 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 15, 1949, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. His confirmation memory verse was 1st Timothy 4:8: “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
Arnie graduated from Concordia High School in St. Paul in 1953 and Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, in 1958. 
On August 2nd, 1958, Arnold W. Goerke and Ruth E. Ladda were joined in holy marriage at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. God blessed their marriage with four daughters.
Arnie was a school teacher and taught at Immanuel Lutheran School in Heplar, Kansas, First Trinity Lutheran School in Beatrice, Nebraska, and Anoka-Hennepin District #11 for 28 years.  He retired in 1997 from teaching. In January of 1998, Arnie began working at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
He was a faithful, longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township where he served as an elder, financial secretary and chairman.  He presently served on the cemetery board.  
Arnie also served 24years as a supervisor for Chatham Township.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survived by his loving wife of 59 years: Ruth E. Goerke; daughters: Deborah (Jim) Schaufler, of Maple Lake, Rebecca (Mark) Himmelspach, of Clearwater, Karla Walberg, of Buffalo, and Renee (Daren) Demarais, of Maple Lake; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers: Ted (Gladys) Goerke, of Osseo, and Vic (Lettie) Goerke, of Wichita, Kansas; sisters: Evelyn Leahy, of Buffalo, and Ruth (Don) Woolhouse, of Mesa, Arizona; sisters-in-law: Deloris Goerke, of Buffalo, and Elsie Dalbec, of St. Paul; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Ervin Goerke and Reinhardt Goerke Sr.; brother-in-law: Kerry Leahy, brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Wally and Sadie Goerke and by brother-in-law: Tony Dalbec.
Funeral services for “Arnie” Goerke were held on Saturday, November 4th, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. Pastor Rob Jarvis officiated. Interment  followed at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery.
Jeanette Beckala was the organist for the funeral service.
A visitation was held on Friday, November 3rd. A prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m.
Honorary casket bearers were the four granddaughters: Amber Remer, Ashley Remer, Heather Schaufler and Kaylee Walberg.
Casket bearers were the seven grandsons: David Barstow, Ryan Remer, Spencer Wright, Steven Walberg, Jaret Demarais, Justin Demarais and Jayce Demarais.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolence may be made to

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