Leila E. Arndt, 86, of Willmar passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2022, surrounded by her family at Copperleaf Senior Living in Willmar. His funeral will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 2, at Willmar United Methodist Church with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Willmar. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday, August 1, at Harvey Anderson’s funeral home in Willmar and will continue one hour before his church service on Tuesday. www.hafh.org
Leila was born May 5, 1936 in Clinton, MN, daughter of Ernest and Lucille (Melton) Sorensen. She grew up in Clinton, graduating from Clinton High School in 1955. On July 20, 1957, Leila was married to John Arndt in Clinton. They lived in Ruthton until 1965 when they moved to Appleton and in 1971 moved to Willmar. She worked for Mutual of Omaha for over 20 years. After her retirement, she started Beads, Buttons & Bangles, making beautiful original jewelry. Additionally, John and Leila operated J & L Bison Ranch on their family farm in Dovre Township for many years, where she ran the gift shop and tours. John and Leila have been foster parents for over 10 years. Leila’s greatest joy was being a grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed tending her gardens, bird watching and doing puzzles.
She is survived by her daughter, Christy (Steven) Wearda of Spicer; son, Kevin Arndt of Willmar; grandchildren: Aletta Arndt, Addison Arndt, Chad Wearda and Jen (Josh) Dragt; great-grandchildren, Jameson and Jocelyn Dragt. Also survived is his brother, Doyle Sorensen of Ivanhoe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; siblings, Betty Olsen and Galen Sorensen.