Arlan V. Molde

Arlan Vance Molde, 75, Elk River, MN, went home to the Lord on June 27, 2017 at Johanna Rehabilitation Health Care in Arden Hills, MN.
Arlan was born August 6, 1941 in Rochester, MN. He was the third of six boys to Raymond and Doris (Nereson) Molde. He was raised on a farm in the Rock Dell area and attended Hayfield School. Arlan was active in 4-H along with three of his brothers. In 1957, his family sold the farm and purchased a larger farm in the Saratoga area. Arlan then entered the Army and was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, MO during the Cuban Crisis. At the same time, his brother Jim, who was also in the Army, had come back from Germany where he had been stationed for 32 months, and returned back to Fort Leonard Wood. The two brothers hadn’t seen each other in over three years and bumped into each other. What a reunion! After his discharge he returned to St. Charles and was employed at the St. Charles Condensing Plant. Arlan became a member of the American Legion. He married Marilyn Martin in August of 1964 and had two daughters.
Arlan married Kathy (Taylor) Culbertson in September 1979 and they were together for 37 years. In Elk River, he started employment with Anoka Electric doing high line wire work. He worked for Anoka Electric for over 30 years, becoming a crew chief. He received many safety awards during the duration. Heights never bothered Arlan, the transmission poles were 40 to 80 foot in the air. Once he talked about a bad ice storm in the Austin, MN area and the poles fell like pretzels with live wires snapping and cracking on the ground. In one week, he and his crew worked 114 hours overtime. In the frigid weather, Arlan felt sorry for the farmers who had to dump their milk because of no power.
Arlan loved Ford cars and John Deere tractors. His favorite was the ‘64 T-Bird which he took to many car shows. If he wasn’t working on his T-Bird he was working on the tractors. G-John Deere was his favorite, he had taken to many tractor pulls. He loved the sound of the putt-putt of the old G and the cackle of his ‘56 Ford, they were music to his ears!
He enjoyed the outdoors. In the winter, he would cross country ski and snowmobile. In the fall, it was deer hunting time and he loved to go to Wisconsin to hunt with his brothers and nephews. He was a good mentor for the younger hunters and always went home with bragging rights and venison.
Arlan is survived by Marilyn Martin and daughter Lisa Molde; Kathy Taylor and step-children Kelly (Bruce) LaMotte, Chad (Heidi) Culbertson; step-grandchildren Taylor, Nicholas, Travis and Joseph; brothers Terry (Jane) Molde and Monte (Carol) Molde both of Menomonie, WI; sisters-in-law Barbara Molde of Hastings, MN and Patricia Molde of Rochester, MN; a special aunt and uncle Francis and Marion Bungum of Hayfield, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arlan was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gene, Jim and Chuck Molde.
Arlan really did not have any fears. He fought a rare, incurable and progressive degenerative muscle disease. He fought many battles in his life and this one was the toughest battle and one of the very few he ever lost. He was a charming man with a special “hello darling” to the gals in his life (sisters-in-law, nieces and care-givers) that accompanied his smile and lit up his blue eyes. He will be sadly missed by many.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, August 18, 11 a.m., at the Faith Lutheran Church, St. Charles, MN with visitation at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at The Saratoga Cemetery, MN.