Sept. 13, 1940 — March 27, 2015
Marne James Arens, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 27, 2015, with his sister by his side.
Marne was born in Yankton, S.D., on Sept. 13, 1940, to Paul and Olive (Newton) Arens.
He lived in Wynot, Neb., as a child until moving to Napa about 1947. He graduated from Napa High School in 1958, and went to work for Kaiser Steel Corp right after graduating. He married Darlene Converse in 1960, and they divorced in 1973. He lived in Fairfield, Calif., until his retirement in 1997, moving to Astoria, Ore., in 2003.
Marne was full of life and loved to joke and have fun. He was a member of the Coachmen Car Club and the Napa Clampers, an organization of people who loved life and fun. He also loved to camp, fish, and travel.
Marne was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose for more than 25 years. When he moved to Fairfield, Calif., he joined the Fairfield Moose, where he became a Moose Legionnaire in 1989 and was governor of the lodge in 1993. He received his Fellowship Degree and became a member of the 25 Club in 1999. After moving to Astoria he joined the Astoria Moose, where he remained active until he passed away.
Marne is survived by his son, Jeff (Alicia); stepdaughter, Janette; grandchildren, Katrina, Michael and Nicholas; his sister, Sherry (Steve) Stricker; two aunts, Agnes Hangman and Madeline Newton; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, all who loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Olive; father, Paul; and brothers, Donald and Gary Arens.
A celebration of life will be held at the Napa Moose Lodge, 3275 Browns Valley Road, Napa, Calif., April 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. Thank you to the Astoria Moose Lodge for having a celebration of life on April 7, 2015.
Inurnment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to your local Moose Lodge or Moose International.