Arthur R. Winden, 83, of Alexander, more recently of Minot, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Trinity Medical Center in Minot.
Arthur Raymond Winden was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Archer, Mont., to A. Gilman and Hattie (Hansen) Winden. He attended primary school in Archer. At the age of 12 he moved with his parents to Alexander. He graduated from Alexander High School in 1947. After high school he began working as an electrician's assistant for Fred Roesner.
Art was united in marriage to Donna Fjelstad on June 5, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander. The couple made their home in Alexander where they raised their three children and resided for 50 years. In 1999 the couple retired to Minot, where they have resided since.
Art was very well acquainted to the farm/ag community of Alexander. He served as manager of the oil company for Farmers Grain & Oil for 31 years. He was a confirmed member of Trinity Lutheran Church and later served as a church council member. He was a member of the Alexander City Council and served as the city's mayor for a time. He was a past member of the Alexander Fire Department, where he also served as chief for a time. While in Minot, Art volunteered his time with the Golden K Kiwanis club. Many remember Art humming or singing gospel hymns. His favorite was "How Great Thou Art."
Art was a sports enthusiast his entire life. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing; later in life he enjoyed bike riding. Many will remember Art cycling all over Alexander in a recumbent bike. He once cycled Going to the Sun Highway in Montana and many scenic locations in Minnesota and North Dakota. He was an eight-time participant in the Candisc rides in North Dakota. He was a multi-member of the 100-mile club.
He is survived by: his wife, Donna of Williston; son, Michael Winden of Littleton, Colo.; daughters, Nancy Gooch of Edina, Minn., and Kim (Tony) Novak of Williston; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Sean) Rahn, Tara (Jack) Helberg, Alecia Gooch, Eric Winden, Jeff Winden, Kristi (Jasen) Brandner and Aaron (Deana) Novak; great-grandchild, Avinell Novak; brothers, Roy (Vivian) Winden of Williston, Harold (Bernie) Fort Benton, Mont., David (Trin) Winden of Sun Valley, Ariz., and Rick (Pat) Winden of Bismarck; sisters, Helen Kush of Tacoma, Wash., and Ethel Henneberg of Modesto, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, John Winden; and sister, Edith Fjelstad.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander.
Cremation has taken place.
A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service.
Friends may sign the guest register at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Williston on Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.
Friends may also sign the on-line register book and give their condolences at (www.fulkersons.com).