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David Arends, 68, of Alta Vista, died Saturday at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

David was born May 14, 1945 in Bloomington, Ill., the son of Clarence and Mildred Arends.  He attended schools in Bloomington and graduated from Bloomington High School in 1965.

David worked at Rock Springs 4-H Center.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Vietnam War.  He later served in the U.S. Army National Guard.

David was a member of the Marion Hill Lutheran Church, near White City, the Alta Vista Masonic Lodge #357,  A.F.& A.M., and the Manhattan Area Rail Joiners.  He enjoyed working with model trains and model railroading.

David married Audrey Bolton on Aug. 15, 1971 in Peoria, Ill.  She survives. 

Other survivors include a son, David Arends of Denver, Colo.;  two daughters, Heather Marie Eller and her husband Shawn of Alta Vista, and Amy Woodard and her husband Ryan of Rossville;  and three grandchildren, Dwayne, Cheyanne, and Tyler Tucker. 

David was preceded in death by his parents;  a brother, Gerald Arends;  and a sister, Judith Ann Arends.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Marion Hill Lutheran Church, near White City, with the Rev. Carl Issacson presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel in Junction City.  Memorial contributions can be made to Marion Hill Lutheran Church, or the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, Kansas State University, 1 Chalmers Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506.

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