Arvin (Arv) Wardien, 67, of Long Prairie, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on September 6, 2020.
Arv was born July 19, 1953, in Bertha to Earl and Florance (Paulson) Wardien. He married Nancy Sharp on June 10, 1972. Arv married Cynthia Kangas on October 19, 1984. Arv and Cindy made their home in Long Prairie where he owned and operated Creative Concepts for 26 years. Arv drove school bus for 30 years; becoming a favorite bus driver to many kids over the years. He also worked at Lindsay Eco Water for 21 years and was honored with many awards during his sales career.
Arv was a kind, giving, goofy and adventurous soul. He loved to help anyone he could. There were simply no bad days around Arv as he made sure to keep the laughter and celebration going at all times. He built two beautiful homes and was a perfectionist with every detail. He loved camping, sponsoring and attending soft ball games, duck hunting, watching the Minnesota Vikings, taking a vacation now and then and especially spending time with his grandkids. Christmas was a special time for Arv as he wanted to make sure the grandkids had presents to open that they would love. He was a kid at heart and loved life. Arv touched many during his lifetime and his memory will live on in our hearts forever.
Arv is preceded in death by his parents, Earl Wardien and Alan and Florance Voge, granddaughter Maya Ayala; step-sister Lori Perkins, father-in-law Russell Kangas, brothers-in-law: Robert Kangas and Timothy Kangas. He is survived by his wife Cindy of Long Prairie; children: Jackie (Trevor) Petrie of Alexandria, Jason (Nikki) Wardien of Dilworth, Shelley Christopher of Sauk Rapids, Ashley Ayala of Long Prairie and Cody (Brittany) Wardien of Texas; 10 grandchildren; siblings: Wayne (Connie) Wardien of Myrtle Beach, SC, Linnea (Steve) Gray of Deer Creek, Diane (Randy) George of Deer Creek, Debbie Koep of Washington, Greg (Kathleen) Voge of Alaska, and Jeff Voge of Deer Creek.
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