Arlynn Blaine Bestor, age 88, of Ostrander, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home.
He was born July 12, 1926, in Greenleafton, the son of Ernest and Pearl (Dornink) Bestor.
He served with the United States Navy during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific on a destroyer, the USS Jacob Jones.
He returned home and married Arlene Vreeman Sept. 21, 1946, at the Methodist church in Spring Valley.
The couple made their home in Greenleafton where he worked in his father’s mechanic garage. They moved to Spring Valley in 1949 where he worked for the Alder Sande garage and continued working there when it became Marzolf Implement for the next 20 years. He then became a custodian at the Spring Valley High School for the next 20 years until his retirement on his 65th birthday. In 1991 the couple moved to Ostrander.
He was a volunteer fireman with the Spring Valley Fire Department for 20 years and was active in the Spring Valley American Legion and VFW, in which he was a life member. He was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley.
As a young man, he played softball. He was an avid fisherman. The couple enjoyed traveling with family and friends. He loved little children and they loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Arlene; children, Bonnie Jean (Paul) Christianson and DarLynn Jean Venne; grandchildren, Lynn (David) Gray, Michael, Matthew and Mason Venne; one great-grandson, Noah Gray; sisters, Donna Gartner, Shirley (Tillman) Fingerson, Dianne (George) Nagel and Charlotte (Goldie) Goldsmith; brother, Richard Bestor and sister-in-law, Norma Bestor as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Danny Arlynn; one son-in-law, Vince Venne and brother, Galard Bestor.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 30, at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Lieder officiating. Burial of his ashes with military graveside rites will be in the Spring Valley Cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.