Arnold Ray ‘Arnie’ Stradinger
Arnold Ray “Arnie” Stradinger, age 90, died Dec. 10, 2017, in Hillsboro, Oregon, from complications related to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Born and raised in McLaughlin, South Dakota, the son of Eddie and Martha (Knodel) Stradinger, Arnie graduated from McLaughlin High School in 1945 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. After serving 14 months on various minesweepers in the Pacific, Arnie was honorably discharged and attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, on the GI Bill. There he met his future wife, Jean, and they were married in 1949.
After graduation, Arnie and his wife moved to Melvin, Iowa, to begin their teaching careers. Three years later, Arnie became the owner of a farm-related business and also built the first car wash in Melvin.
In 1973, The Stradingers pulled up stakes and headed west. They settled in Sonora, where Arnie became a real estate broker. He and Jean were active members of that community for 39 years.
Throughout his life, Arnie was committed to community service and helping others. He was a founding member of the Melvin Kiwanis Club, and served as a Sunday school teacher, lay leader and board member in the Melvin Methodist Church, which he also helped construct. In Sonora, he continued serving through his participation in Kiwanis (40-year member), the Mono Village Water Board, the Sonora Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, and Sierra Bible Church. Arnie was known for his honesty, dry wit, devotion to his family, and his penchant for home remodeling projects.
In 2012, Arnie and Jean moved to a retirement community in Oregon where he resided until his death.
He leaves his wife of 68 years, Jean (Paulsen) Stradinger, of Portland, Oregon; daughters, Kay Stradinger and Gayle (Chris) Amorose, of Portland; sons, Neil (Kathleen) Stradinger, of Grass Valley, and Kory (Sarai Obermeyer) Stradinger, of Sonoma; four grandchildren, Jeffrey and Kelly Stradinger, Patrick and Mark Yoho; one sister, Delores Paulsen, of Seattle, Washington; and one brother, James (Mary) Stradinger, of Grass valley.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to help cure Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.