Arnold Visser

Date of Death: Jul 30, 2017
Arnold Visser

1920 - 2017

Arnold Visser, age 96, passed away peacefully at Marvin’s Manor on July 30, 2017.

Arnold was born August 28, 1920 in Waupun, the son of Cornelius and Hattie (Loomans) Visser. He married Grace Derksen on December 30, 1941. Arnold entered military service on July 1, 1942. He served with the 9th infantry division during World War II discovering the Buchenwauld Concentration Camp. He was also a commander of 2,400 German prisoners at Moosburg, Germany. He finished his military career in the Army Reserves retiring as Captain after 20 years. He was a business man, owner of Visser Brothers, West Main Lumber, Waupun Supply Company and real estate. He was an active member of Emmanuel Reformed Church serving as elder and on the board of Words of Hope for many years. He was a Life Member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 6709.

Arnie was dad to Ardell (Bill) Dykstra and Barb (Dave) Homan; and Papo to Arita (Chris) Balken, Daniel (Jessica) Bryan, and Amy (James) Hanneman and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace of 65 years; and his grandson, Lee; four brothers; and a sister.


Private services for Arnold Visser will be held at Alto Cemetery with American Legion Post 210 of Waupun providing military honors.



  1. Kathy Terpstra Says: July 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Family,
    My favorite memory of bother-in-law, Arnie, is at the summer home when he was cooking brats, hamburgers, & hot dogs in his “shorts” & light colored loafers with socks. He loved doing that & I’ve never tasted better food, accompanied by Grace’s famous potato salad.
    He was very special to me & many others.

  2. Don Selje Says: August 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Very saddened to read of the passing of Arnie. He was a true patriot who gave much to his country, community and family. He will be remembered fondly as a true gentleman and a most generous benefactor to his family members. His Christian faith re-unites him with his beloved Grace. Blessed be his memory!

  3. Keith Veenhuis Says: August 16, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    To the family and friends:
    So sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. From my early childhood and on through later years, Arnie was always influential in my life. I’ll never forget those wonderful times at Fox Lake, and especially when he taught me how to water ski behind his Dumpfy wooden boat. We always wish time could stand still and no more is that true than when we were all together (especially us kids) on Sunday evenings after church, with Arnie, Harvey Veenhuis, (my dad) Marvin Meenk and Glen Van Buren as a quartet, and Grace at the piano! They’d be practicing favorite hymns which would soon be sung as special music at a church service. They would usually sing at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Waupun, but they often sung in “sister” churches too. One of my all time favorites that they’d practice and sing was, IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL. Now at last, they can all sing together once again, and indeed IT IS WELL. Praise God!

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