Arnold (Ole) Hesley, 74, of Big Lake, formerly of Elk River, suddenly and unexpectedly died Saturday, April 21, 2012.
He retired from the Vision Bus Co., formerly Hesley Bus Co., in 2010. According to his family, he loved driving bus and all the kids on it. He was the former owner of Charlie Brown’s gas station and car wash (then Conoco) which he and his father-in-law, Raymond Bernard, built. He loved his customers and wheeling and dealing in autos.
Mr. Hesley loved to hunt and fish, four-wheel, collect treasures and spend time at the cabin.
A celebration of his life will be held today (Saturday, April 28) at his home, 17124 211th Ave., Big Lake. Reviewal for his family only will be from noon to 1 p.m., his siblings and their families from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. for all friends. A short memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a fond memory to share. A luncheon and celebration will follow the service.
Mr. Hesley is survived by his siblings, Arnelda (Snookie) Alexander of New Hope, Marlyn Olson of Monticello, Patricia Cox of Becker, Larry of Big Lake, Linda Newland of Big Lake and their families; children, James of Big Lake, Pam Van Heel of Buffalo and Arizona, Katherine Nagel of Minneapolis, Carolyn Wilding of Big Lake, Robin of Big Lake and their families; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Nancy Jacobson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Harold and Elenor; and brothers, Richard and Gerald.