Loren E. Arkebauer, 82, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 8:22 a.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Meadow Manor in Taylorville, IL.
Loren was born May 15, 1931 in Palmer, IL; the son of Edward and Mary (Moos) Arkebauer. He married Norvella Robinett on June 15, 1958 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel, IL. He was employed with Bridgestone Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, Life Member of the American Legion Post #721 Morrisonville, Taylorville VFW Post 4495, and was also a member of the Firestone Retirees. He loved being with the love of his life, Norvella and their beautiful family. He also enjoyed all kinds of open wheel racing, especially attending the Indianapolis 500 for 50 consecutive years. He enjoyed taking trips to see the United States of American on his motorcycle, loved playing saxophone and listening to beautiful music. He cherished the time spent with his Korean War buddies and fellow Firestone Retirees. Most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior.
He is survived by his wife, Norvella Arkebauer of Taylorville, IL; two daughters: Brenda (Andy) Levin of Delaware and Kim (Kevin) Shute of Florida; son, Rex (Nichole) Arkebauer of Greenview, IL; grandchildren: Joshua Shute, Aaron Shute, Katherine Roten, Jessica Pedrick, Brittany Arkebauer, Adam Arkebauer, Sarah Arkebauer and David Arkebauer; great-grandchild, Victoria Roten; sisters: Viola Murphy of Nokomis, IL and Thelma Anderson of Auburn, IL; many nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many cousins. He was preceded by his parents.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Taylorville, IL. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, IL. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL with Military Rites accorded by the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, American Legion Post 73, and AmVets Post 29. Pastor Rodney Blomquist will officiate.
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL. Sign the online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.