Arvin’s passion in life was to be a farmer. After he and Linda married, they lived in Bradshaw and later moved to York to start their family farm with their children. He raised hogs and cattle for many years until he chose to focus on cattle only. His love for cattle was unique. To him, they were more like pets than just cattle and he had a gentle way of communicating and taming them so much that they took care of him. Arvin farmed until he retired in 2000. He was constantly outside working on a project as there were “Always things to be done.”
As the children grew and left the farm, he took on a new passion for old cars. He loved attending and participating in car shows. Arvin took great pride in meeting other car enthusiasts and sharing stories and travels.
He is survived by his children, Allen (Cindy) Duerksen of Central City, NE, Bette (Clint) Spath and Keith Duerksen both of Kearney, NE. His grandchildren include, Brandt Spath and Braden Spath both of Kearney, Callyn Duerksen and Adelyn Duerksen of Central City, Alyssa Young of Phoenix, AZ, and Rylie Young of Lincoln, NE. He is also survived by his brother Willis (Barb) Duerksen of Lincoln and brother-in-law Reuben Naber of Waco, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother Leo, sister Deloris Goertzen-Rempel, brother-in-law Glenn Goertzen, sister-in-law Elaine Duerksen and sister-in-law Donna Naber.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10:15 am Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery north east of Henderson. Memorial services will follow at 11:00 am at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson with the Reverend Chelsea Vaught officiating. Cremation. No Viewing. However, his family will greet friends from 6-8:00 pm Thursday evening at the mortuary in Henderson. Memorials may be directed to the Bethesda Mennonite Church.