George Arndt

George Arndt

May 5, 1942 - July 27, 2020
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George William Arndt was born May 5, 1942, in Johnstown, CO, to Samuel and Esther (Rutz) Arndt. He served his country in the US Air Force from 1960 until his honorable discharge in 1963. While serving in Vietnam, he held positions in military police and as a gunner when his aircraft was shot down.
During the 1972 flood in Rapid City, George was president of the Black Hills Diving Club. He was in charge of four teams of divers rescuing people the night of the flood and recovery for weeks after. He was a long-time employee for MG Oil where he worked as a fabricator. George also served as the assistant fire chief in Piedmont and the fire chief in Black Hawk. During his years serving both volunteer fire departments, he was instrumental in getting equipment for them. He helped fight several wildfires in the Black Hills. One of George’s favorite things was playing Santa Claus in the Rushmore Mall, which he did for several years. George's favorite hobby was stained glass in which he won many blue ribbons.
George, 78, Rapid City, died Monday, July 27, 2020, at Avantara St. Cloud in Rapid City.
He is survived by his son, William (Shirley) Arndt; daughter, Misty (George) Luckie; granddaughter, Debbie (Shawn) Popkes; grandson, Cody Arndt; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 3, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
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  • Visitation

    August 3, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    August 3, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Committal Service

    August 4, 2020 | 11:30am
    August 4, 2020 11:30am
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Chaplin Brent Woodard


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Ray Reynolds

Posted at 12:03pm
My condolences to the Arndt family. I met George in 1984 when I moved to Black Hawk and joined the Black Hawk VFD. The fire department consisted of an structure engine, a home built rescue truck and a home built water tender. The home built trucks were on well used chassis and George's skills at modifying them made them usable for fighting fires. I recall spending a fair amount of time at George's house working in his shop doing repairs or fabricating an improvement to an existing rig.

George assisted in the formation of the Black Hawk Fire District and was always ready to lead or help on projects. He was the Santa Claus for the annual fire department family Christmas Party. He was a great Santa.

He will be sorely missed.

RIP George. We will miss you.

Misty Arndt

Posted at 07:06pm
One of many reunions

Misty Arndt

Posted at 07:04pm
late 1970s

Misty Arndt

Posted at 07:02pm
George as Santa Claus

Misty Arndt

Posted at 07:01pm
George as Captain at old Black Hawk School

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