Arnold 'Shorty' Luitjens

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Arnold 'Shorty' Luitjens

Arnold "Shorty" Luitjens, 89, of Ashton, Iowa, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashton, with Reverend Dale Lint officiating. Burial followed in the Gilman Township Cemetery of Ashton.

Arnold "Shorty" Marvin Luitjens was born on Nov. 10, 1920, the son of Teedus and Grace (Hassebroek) Luitjens, on a farm near Ashton. He attended country school for a time and later graduated from Ashton High School in 1938. On April 6, 1945, he was united in marriage to Maggie Kruger at her parent's home. After 10 years on a neighboring farm they moved onto Shorty's parent's farm and took over their dairy business. He was born and lived his whole life in the same section. He showed his dairy cattle every year at the Clay County Fair for 64 years and in 2000 was awarded the honor of being entered in the Hall of Fame of Iowa Fairs. Another proud moment of his was when his farm became a Century Farm in 1991. Shorty served as a 4-H leader for twenty-five years. He loved to attend Brown Swiss sales and meetings. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashton. Shorty, Maggie and family looked forward to visiting their friends every year on the 4th of July in Spirit Lake. They also appreciated going for rides with Marlyn and Bev and occasionally eating out with them. Shorty especially loved playing games with his grandchildren until his eyesight started to deteriorate. He also enjoyed telling about the pony he had as a child and how he used to ride it to school.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maggie Luitjens of Ashton; two sons: Larry (Eileen) Luitjens and Leslie ( Norma) Luitjens -- both of Ashton; four grandchildren: Stacy Cramer of Duncan, Okla., Eric (Amanda) Luitjens of Burt, Iowa, and Loren and Lora Luitjens -- both of Ashton; one great-granddaughter, Grace Luitjens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Raymond and sister-in-law, Reka Luitjens; one sister, Alice and brother-in-law, Norman Flink; and one nephew, Marlyn Luitjens.