Orland Harmer Arneberg, age 89, passed away peacefully with his daughter at his side, May 1, 2016 in Galesburg, Illinois. Born July 27, l926, in Troy, Idaho, Orland was the youngest of two sons of Harry P. and Rosa J. Arneberg. His older brother, Willis Martin and his parents preceded him in death.
Orland grew up in the home his grandfather built on the homestead farm in Troy. He attended the Little Bear Ridge School and then Troy High School from which he graduated in 1944. He was drafted into the Army and was deployed to the Philippines where he spent a little over a year running heavy dirt moving equipment. Upon returning to Troy in l946 he went back to work on his father’s farm and also worked at various construction jobs.
On October 26, 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jean Danielson. They made their home across the driveway from Orland’s parents. Orland and Dorothy had two children, daughter, Jeanne Rosalyn, and son, Jeffrey Arthur. Dorothy worked in a bank in Troy and Moscow until her retirement. She passed away in 2005 from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Orland helped run a dairy and farmed the land with his brother for a few years. Orland loved to have various animals on the farm including cows, sheep, a Shetland pony, guinea hens, ducks, chickens, and rabbits. At one time he had over 100 rabbits that his children helped care for. After discontinuing the dairy, he owned and operated an excavation and trucking business for many years in Moscow, Idaho and did work in the surrounding area. Upon retirement he ran and was elected Latah County Road Commissioner. He worked in that position for many years to follow.
Orland was a hard worker his entire life providing for his family. He enjoyed boating, camping, and fishing. They spent most weekends at Lake Coeur d’Alene and Chatcolet Lake. Orland and Dorothy spent several years building their dream lake cabin near Conkling Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene. They enjoyed entertaining their family and friends there during the summer. Orland and Dorothy also enjoyed dancing and loved to go out with their friends from Troy and Moscow.
Orland was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Moscow. He was very involved in its renovation through the years. He always enjoyed helping fix things to make sure they looked nice and worked properly. He always said that growing up on the farm during the Depression years forced him to learn how to make do and fix things yourself.
Orland suffered a fall and then moved into Whitman Senior Living Center in Pullman for about a year and a half. Then, his daughter moved him to Illinois last month. His Alzheimer’s was progressing and he suffered greatly from that until his passing.
Orland’s funeral service will be held on Monday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. He will be buried at the Moscow Cemetery in Moscow, Idaho next to his wife, Dorothy.
Visitation will be at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 1:00 – 6:00 PM and on Monday from 9:00 AM until service time.
Memorials can be made to the Troy Ambulance Fund or The Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.com.