Arlo Richard Sager

Arlo Richard Sager

FAIRMONT — Arlo Richard Sager, age 74, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at his home in Fairmont. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Willow Creek, with Pastor John Bennett officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Fairmont Legion.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Zaharia Family Funeral Home in Truman, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Willow Creek South Cemetery.

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Arlo was born Jan. 14, 1944, at Hunt Hospital in Fairmont, Minn., to Walter and Olga (Wolf) Sager. Most of his childhood, school years and adult life were spent in Martin County. He spent several years living with his mother and maternal grandparents while his father was overseas during WWII. Arlo started school in Marshall, Minn., and then attended Truman country school, District #107 and then St. Paul’s Lutheran Parochial in Truman, then East Chain Consolidated school graduating from Fairmont High School in 1962.

In 1968, Arlo married Rosalie Peck in Sioux Falls, S.D. They later divorced and on Nov. 24, 1976, he married LeAnn (Black) Kastning.

In 1962, Arlo entered the U.S. Army. He spent time at Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Greely. He then spent time at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. He was honorably discharged in 1965.

He then went on to work for the Iowa Electric Light & Power Company as a meter reader and fill-in bookkeeper. After three years, he advanced to gas mechanic and then a pipeline welder for several years, eventually becoming a foreman. Arlo retired in March of 2007 after 41 years of continuous service with the gas company. Arlo and LeAnn owned and operated Sager Photography for 20+ years.

Arlo was an avid hunter, as well as enjoying archery, bicycling, running, including Grandmas Marathon twice, and gardening.

He is survived by his children: David Sager, Steve Kastning, Shelly (Ron) Lenz, Cheryl (John) Todtleben, Jim Kastning and Bryce Kastning; his siblings, Darrel (Linda) Sager, Curt Sager and Audrey Mohr; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Arlo was preceded in death by his wife, LeAnn Sager; his parents; two stepfathers, Ralph DeMeo and Don Steinberg; his grandparents; and many aunts and uncles.