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“To Art's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Art in Vietnam when we were with the 11th Transportation Battalion in Cat Lai. A finer man you...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Pence - Jacksonville, FL

“Our family is sorry for your loss. Remembering all of the good times in Minnesota Lake with family gatherings at the park.With all of our love...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Malinda Nielsen - Albert Lea, MN

“I don't think I'll get back from my tax apt to make it to the service today so I just want Carol and the kids/grandkids to know how much I respected...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Wade Herbers - Minnesota Lake, MN

“It was a pleasure to get to know Art. I first met him about 18 years ago when he sold us our black lab and subsequently had to pleasure to work with...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Eric Anderson - Mankato, MN

“It's been a long time, but I am sorry for the loss of your husband.3 ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Sue Horn - Lakefield, MN

“I'm so very sorry for your loss Carol. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Miriam Porter - Carver, MN

“It is said that each star in the sky represents someone who has left this life and moved on to shine upon those of us who remain. All who knew Art...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Chris Volz

“Carol and family, you have been in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless you. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Darlis Hoppe - TRIMONT, MN, MN

“Carol & familySo saddened to hear about the death of Sonny. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Theresa Kirchner - Pella, IA

“Even though our paths didn't cross frequently, I will still miss you. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Charles Voss - Classmate

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Art was a wonderful man!! ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Jim and Edie More - MN - Friend

“Carol and family, I am deeply saddened by the news it Art's passing. He was a great guy. I will remember him as a very jolly guy. You all are in my...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: PollyAnn Greer - Minnesota Lake, MN

“Carol, our sympathy to you and your family on the great lossRemember those New Year's Eve party,ssonny did enjoy life to his fullest ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Sandy and Dale Huebsch - MN

“My sympathy, dear Carol, to you and your entire family. Praying that your wonderful memories and love of God, family and friends will carry you. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Cindy (Keech) Jackelen - Kaycee, WY

“My deepest sympathy to all of you, on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I like the way you wrote Artie's obit, in that he knew His...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Janet Proehl - Eloy, AZ - Friend

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Arthur Leslie "Art/Sonny" Malzahn wanted to let you all know that he received THE call.
The call was an offer he could not refuse, to reunite with loved ones he had not seen in a very long time, endless access to John Deere "toys", lawns that require no weed whacking and the fishing is prime. The call to a place where his tan will never fade and the beer is always ice cold. His quick wit and sarcasm are always appreciated and fried chicken no longer clogs the arteries ("the grease keeps your body running smooth").
He was given life on June 29, 1944, in Blue Earth, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's UCC in rural Minnesota Lake.
He gave his life back Easter Monday April 2, 2018. He was 73.
Sonny loved growing up on the farm, where he was outside with nature and his dogs. He could often be found hunting and fishing with friends.
Art loved his country and served in the army during the Vietnam War. He began his service on July 7, 1965. He came home from Vietnam April 10, 1967, and was honorably discharged the same day.
He was married to Carol Keech, on April 10, 1976 at Peace UCC in Minnesota Lake, where he was a member. Together they had two children, his pride and joy, Megan and Paul.
He loved his small town, knowing all his friends and neighbors, being a member of the Fred K Werner American Legion – Post 287, Wells VFW, and lifetime member of the DAV in Mankato, Festag, his lawn mowing jobs that allowed him to be outside "working" and everything that made Minnesota Lake his lifetime home.
Prior to retirement, Art worked for Reynold's Welding Supply, in Mankato, MN, where he was a purchasing agent and the resident Arthur Fonzarelli "The Fonz." He enjoyed the customers and the long-time friends he made during the many years he worked there.
He loved his cats who were "highly trained, listened well and never talked back."
He loved his family above all: his wife Carol of Minnesota Lake MN; daughter Megan (Mike) Urban of Madison Lake, MN, and son Paul (Jacqie) Malzahn of Janesville, MN; his grandkids: Kelsie (Urban), Connor (Urban), and James (Malzahn) who were his "bright shining stars;" his sister Miriam AKA "Charlie" (Robert) Feist of North Mankato, MN; father-in-law Leonard (Marcia) Keech of St. James, MN; sister-in-law Sharon (Mike) Eder of Aitkin, MN, brother-in-law John (Janice) Keech of St. James, MN, sister-in-law Kathy (Michael) Pickard of Lakeville, MN, and brother-in-law Bob (Denise) Keech of Butterfield, MN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Art now joins his parents Art and Margaret (Quist) Malzahn, mother-in-law Lila Keech and brother-in-law Billy Keech.
He'd say "don't cry for me…I had a good run. Turn out the lights, the party's over." Although we know, his true party has only begun.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Peace UCC in Minnesota Lake with Rev. Joy Bruder officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, April 9, 2018 at Peace UCC, from 4 – 7 PM, and will continue one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be at Peace UCC Cemetery in Minnesota Lake. Military Honors will be accorded by the Minnesota Lake American Legion Post #287.