Arnold John Kaslon, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at his home in Loup City. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rosary and funeral will be private and for family only. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2020 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. Father Richard Piontkowski will celebrate the mass. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City with military honors by the Loup City American Legion Post #48. No public visitation. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Josaphat’s. Memorials are suggested to the Kaslon family or donor’s choice. The rosary and mass will be livestreamed on the Higgins Funeral Home Facebook page.
Arnie was born June 12, 1939, in Ashton, NE, one of six children born to Louie and Helen (Michalski) Kaslon. He graduated from Loup City High School in 1956. He then enlisted in the United States Army, where he served from 1957-1960.
He married his beloved wife, Lillian (Kern) Kaslon on September 3, 1960. They returned to Loup City in 1976, where he began a proud career as a farmer.
He served on the ASCS Office Committee for 8 years, and was recognized with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Administrator’s Award for Service to Agriculture and Distinguished County Office Achievement at a ceremony in Washington, DC. He also belonged to the American Legion, Pheasants Forever and served on the Parish Council at St. Josephat Catholic Church in Loup City.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, polka dances, playing cards and spending time with his large and boisterous family.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian and his five children and their spouses: Jackie Renz-Norris (Duane) of Hastings, Diane Schneider (Doug) of Lincoln, Laura Waters-Vazquez (Jesus) of Lincoln, Rob Kaslon (Anne Tripp) of Keenesburg, CO., and Shari Blake (Thom) of Colorado Springs, CO.
He is also survived by his sister, Delores Roy (Alfred Roy - deceased), and brothers Leonard Kaslon (Barb Kusek), Larry Kaslon (Sharon Bartley), Bob Kaslon (Francie Phelps), and Kenny Kaslon (Marcia Dzingle).
Arnie delighted in 11 grandchildren: Valerie Bergeron (Marty), Erica Hinrichs (Joe), Rachel Waters (Nate Harris), Rebecca Kreifels (Austin), Craig Waters (Jon Faue), Ben Schneider, Thomas Schneider, Lauren Blake, Quinn Blake, Ben Kaslon and Matthew Kaslon. He also smiled at the blessing of seven great-grandchildren: Wyatt Bergeron, Charley Jo Bergeron, Lilly Hinrichs, Grant Hinrichs, Raylynn Waters, Kayden Waters-Harris, and Loey Kreifels.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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