Arlin Gene Melgaard, age 71, of Bemidji, Minnesota, was born on July 3rd, 1941, to Harold and Edith (Lunde) Melgaard at Bottineau, North Dakota. He passed away Feb. 2, 2013 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Bemidji.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji with Pastor Linnea Papke-Larson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji.
Arlin attended school in Bottineau and graduated from Bottineau High School in 1959. He received a 2-year degree from the Bottineau School of Forestry in 1961. Following graduation, he enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard and was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. He and Judy Koland were married Nov. 24, 1962, in Bottineau and they had two children. He served full-time as an Administrative Supply Technician in Bottineau, Jamestown, Rugby, and Bismarck, ND for 13 years and was the summer Operations Officer for Officer Candidate School in Camp Grafton at Devils Lake, ND, and also in Fort Carson, CO. In 1978, he joined the 188th Army Band, and formed Roughcut a country rock band within the 188 Army Band. Roughcut performed at various military functions both locally and overseas, including Jamaica and Australia. He continued his National Guard affiliation until he retired with 40 years of service in 2001.
Arlin and Wanda (Axvig) Bartsch were married May 19, 1976, in Bismarck, ND. They moved to Fargo, ND, where Arlin earned a degree in Human Resource Management from NDSU in 1979. After moving to Bemidji, MN, Arlin received his masters degree in Career and Technical Education from Bemidji State University. He spent 25 years as an administrator with Pine to Prairie Co-operative Center in Red Lake Falls, MN, and North Country Vocational Co-operative in Bemidji, MN. Arlin also was an adjunct faculty member at BSU for 6 years. In 2004-2005 he served as president of the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Arlin received the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator of Minnesota Award in 2002.
Arlin was a member of First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, the American Legion, and served on the Board of Directors for the BSU Alumni Association. During his active Jaycee membership, he served as the National Chairman for Operation Threshold for the U.S. Jaycees.
Arlin will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his positive outlook on life. Everyone he associated with will miss his infectious laugh which brought joy and happiness to everyone. His hobbies included golfing, gardening, woodworking, and fishing.
Arlin is survived by his wife Wanda of Bemidji; his daughter Angie (Kirk) Kamin and girls Jessica & Emily of Mapleton, ND; two sons Cordell (Nikki) Melgaard and children Izzy & Liam of Owatonna, MN, and Chris (Julia) Bartsch and children Haley & Gavin of Cathedral City, CA. He is also survived by a brother David (Beve) Melgaard of Audubon, MN, and their children Kaaryn (Joe) Altobelli and Karsten (Steph) Melgaard; a sister Joann (Jerry) Metzgar of Bottineau, ND, and their son Michael (DeAnn) Metzgar; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arlin was preceded in death by his parents.
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