Arnold (Arnie) Peter Dagen


October 1, 1932 - January 11, 2017



Arnold Peter Dagen was born October 1, 1932, in Parkston, SD, to Theodore and Frances (Weber) Dagen. He attended school in rural Alexandria, SD. He worked for Hanson County for two years.  In 1957, he started his career in the service station business owning and operating three businesses in Mitchell, the last one being Arnie’s Service on East First Street until his retirement. On August 23, 1955, he was united in marriage to Verna Larson in Mitchell. To this union two children were born. Arnie was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.  He was an avid collector of gas station memorabilia and enjoyed showing it off whenever possible.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Verna; son, Paul (Becky) Dagen and daughter, Linnea (Craig) Fuerst  of Mitchell; five grandchildren: Benjamin (Jessica) Fuerst of Mitchell, Sarah Fuerst of Yankton, Travis (Chelsea) Dagen, Zach Dagen and Alex Dagen of Mitchell; two great grandchildren, Kaylie and Kaleb Fuerst of Mitchell; five brothers and sisters: Ilene Thackeray of Florida, Gerald (Dorothy) Degen and LeRoy (Dottie) Degen all of Mitchell, Charles (Sandy) Degen of Alexandria, SD, Charlotte (Arland) Lindsley of Piedmont, SD; a sister-in-law, Pat Degen of Sioux Falls, SD and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Jacque Degen and brother, Theodore Degen Jr.



Sunday, January 15, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, January 16, 2017
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Barbara Horton on January 17, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Arnie's death. Our family relied on him. If we were going out of town we'd notify Arnie and ask him to keep the girl's cars running should something break down. Believe it of not, just this past Sunday I was washing off the winter filth and thought of Arnie. He really scolded me once saying "if you don't get those bugs washed off you aren't going to have any paint left on that car". Needless to say, his words have stayed with me for over 20 years. He was a good guy.
Posted by Arlene Moore on January 17, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Wayne helped him with field work a few times when we lived north of you.
Posted by Betty Armfield Johnson on January 16, 2017
Verna, we are sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You two were such a terrific inspiration to many people. God be with you.
Posted by Jan Vining on January 16, 2017
Verna, so sorry for your loss. I never go by First & Foster without thinking of you and Arnie. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by AseraCare Hospice on January 16, 2017
During this time of loss, we at AseraCare Hospice, would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. The nurses and staff at AseraCare thank you for the privilege of being able to serve you during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
- The AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by Roger and Sandra Smith on January 15, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers to u and the family.Our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on January 14, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Verna & your family, we extend our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Glenn Schaefers on January 14, 2017
Oh my , I dreaded this day to come . I will try my hardest to come see you Arnie . The weather is suppose to be terrible . You will be greatly missed . However , our memories will live on forever .Rest in Peace , my friend .
Posted by Paul Marshall on January 14, 2017
Condolences to all of Arnie's family and the countless friends he made during an incredible life.
Posted by Curt & Judine Hills on January 14, 2017
Sending condolences to Arnie's family and friends ... Arnie was one in a million.
Posted by Dean Fitzler on January 13, 2017
So sorry,Verna,I always liked Arnie, he was fun to be around. God be with you.
Posted by Edwin and Beverly Degen on January 13, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to all of Arnie's family
Posted by Pudge & Lisa Pibal on January 13, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to you all. Arnie was a great guy and we have many wonderful memories of him....usually telling a funny story or teasing. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Earl and Vi Davis on January 13, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the family of Arnold. He was a great guy and friend.
Posted by Enertech Global LLC on January 13, 2017
Our sincere condolences to Paul, Becky and family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Kay and Willie on January 13, 2017
Sending our deepest sympathy with the passing of a great guy and friend and family members. We are out of town but will stop over when we return.
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