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Arnold G. Dige
April 13, 1926 - December 3, 2017

Place of Birth: Sidney, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 91

On Sunday evening, December 3, 2017, our beloved husband, father, brother and friend slipped peacefully from this life to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dad was a gentle, loving Christian man and an inspiration in all our lives.
Arnold Gravesen Dige was born April 13, 1926, the second of fourteen children born to Danish immigrants Otto and Emma (Gravesen) Dige in Sidney, MT. During his childhood and youth, he lived on the family farm just south of town and attended local schools. He was unable to graduate, however, as he and his brother Paul were needed to work the farm after their father suffered a heart attack. So began his career as a hard working farmer, raising sugar beets for more than 60 years.
Arnold married his friend and love, Adeline Hansen on Sunday, May 22, 1949 at Pella Lutheran Church. Over the next 17 years, they were blessed by the arrival of six children. As his family grew, Dad expanded his farm acreage and purchased cattle so there was steady income and work aplenty for his growing crew. He and Mom taught us the value of hard work – paying us 10 cents per row to hoe beans for example – and the reward for the morning’s labor was a quick nap after lunch, on to the next chore and some of Mom’s delicious treats at coffee time. When the weather cooperated, there were weekend trips to Brush Lake for water skiing and picnics with family and friends. On rare occasions even 3-day getaways to the Black Hills, which had been a favorite spot since Mom and Dad’s honeymoon.
When the farming season ended, winter months were spent tending cattle and working on major home remodeling projects. Dad constantly strived to improve our lives. Even though farming was his passion and calling, Dad recognized the value of education and offered each of us kids the higher education of our choice.
Arnold was a life-long member of Pella Lutheran Church in Sidney and enjoyed participating in bible studies, Kogudus retreats and served on the council several times. He also enjoyed his long affiliations with the Montana Dakota Beet Growers Association and Richland Farm Mutual Insurance Company. As a couple, he and Adeline completed the Dale Carnegy course on public speaking, enjoyed Square dancing and in later years travelled to California and Arizona each winter to visit extended family and bask in the warm weather.
Throughout the years, one of Dad’s favorite sayings was “If a little bit is good, a lot is better!” For him, this applied equally to hard work, time spent with family and friends, enjoying Adeline’s home cooking and one’s faith in God; those were his greatest joys.
With great sorrow, we watched this loving and generous soul slowly fade to only a faint shadow of the man we’d known due to the terrible effects of dementia. However, even in this journey, God bestowed blessings in the form of golden-hearted caregivers, first at the Country House in Dickinson and more recently at SHC’s Angel Avenue. We cannot aptly express our gratitude to you all for the love and kindnesses shown to Arnold and our family these past 6 years.
Forever loving and missing him are his wife of 68 years, Adeline, their children, Russell (Janice) Dige, Rosalynn Stegmaier, Patricia (Dale) Powell, Marilyn (Steve) Pust, Rebbecca (David) Reidle; thirteen beloved grandchildren, Shirley, Amanda, Paul, Jan, Robyn, Katie, Christy, Mark, Jonathan, Trevor, Erick, Shelby and Shanyn and ten dear great-grandchildren, Joe, Paul, Sara, Anna, Jack, Henry, Elizabeth, Greyson, Alexis & Shawn. Surviving siblings include Selma Nealson, Victor Dige, Betty Cholewinski, Robert Dige and Clara Jo Dige.
We are certain that Arnold is now reunited in Heaven with his son Anthony, his parents and siblings, Paul, Nels, an infant sister, Leon, Gerda, Gordon, Alvin and Shirley Dige, and son-in-law Robert Stegmaier.

Memorial Contribution
Memorials may be given to Pella Lutheran Church or the charitable organization of donor’s choice.

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Janet Atchison (Helena, MT)
Dec 5, 2017
My prayers go out to the entire Arnold Dige family. Sad to hear about your loss.
FAYE HAYES (SIdney, MT)
Dec 5, 2017
Sorry to hear about Arnold..my thoughts and prayers are with all the family
Kathy (Hanna) Wachter (Bismarck , ND)
Dec 7, 2017
Dige Family—
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your dear husband and Dad. He was a kind, caring man. I feel fortunate to have known him. He will be missed.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheila Broyhill (Zahl, NORTH DAKOTA)
Dec 7, 2017
! Corinthians 15:26 contains God's promise that "the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing." That is something to really look forward to. In the meantime, we are comforted by the promise of the resurrection. I am so sorry for your loss. JW.org
Emily (Kuylen) Hoff (Sidney)
Dec 7, 2017
Having just lost my Dad a few weeks back, I know the hurt in your hearts, we are never ready for our parents to leave us! Hug your Mom tight, she will need you, and you will all need each other, my hugs and prayers to all of you.
Sharon Larsen Torgerson (Woodburn, OR)
Dec 7, 2017
Dear Adeline and cousins - You are on my mind so much. I know you have anticipated this loss for a long time, and now it follows on the recent homegoing of Tony. There IS a sting to physical death that cannot be evaded: And it's such good truth that death, our enemy, will be destroyed. We were not created to die: we were created to live - forever.

In the meantime, we experience that while faith does not make our journey unnecessary, it does make it possible. I don't feel as old as I am, I know - it doesn't seem so long ago that we were all in Arnold and Adeline's large home for another great family Christmas Eve.

I had fourteen uncles: Arnold was my favorite, I guess because he talked to me. He gently teased me. He tried to show me how to drive the truck down the field (to "help" him when Russell was still too young) and yes, I guess I was a little help - only he hadn't been able to teach me how to stop before driving the truck right into that small irrigation ditch, with a hard bump, at the end of the field, as he was scrambling in the back of the truck, calling instructions to this young girl that she couldn't understand.

He was always kind, and gentle, and fun. It's been such a long time for him to wait to go home. So many are waiting for us now.

Perhaps this is too long, Adeline and cousins, but please know you are tightly on my heart these days.
Scott Ziler (Sidney, MT)
Dec 8, 2017
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
Lisa Cholewinski (Prescott Valley, AZ)
Dec 8, 2017
To all of the Dige Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on this day. We are so sorry for your loss. Love, Betty, Lisa, Abbey, Linda and Dave
Debbie Schillinger
Dec 9, 2017
Thinking of you, prayers for you all.
Wanda Webster Mitchell (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Dec 9, 2017
My sympathy to your family at the death of your father. No matter his health status or your age it is still a tremendous adjustment emotionally. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Charlotte Simonsen Guptill (Craig, Colorado)
Dec 10, 2017
To all of Arnold's family,
Growing up and going to church at Pella, I always remember Arnold as a very quiet, gentle man who was ALWAYS there with his family. He was a wonderful Christian influence and a good friend of my dad, Merrion Simonsen. Many times our families enjoyed visiting and coffee together. I'm sure the other Danish friends and his family were waiting with our Heavenly Father to welcome to his heavenly home. There's probably a good pot of real egg coffee brewing all the time. May your memories sustain you. Hug your mom from me. I know she must miss him immensely. With prayers, sympathy, memories and love, Charlotte
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