3/15/2018 8:22:00 AM Arnold G. Seastedt b. July 12, 1924 d. March 11, 2018
Arnold G. Seastedt, age 93, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2018 at Hospice House in Hayden, Idaho. Arnie was born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 12, 1924. He was proceeded in death by his parents, David and Margaret Seastedt, his sisters Vivian and Lois, and his brother Richard. Arnie is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Helen, and their four daughters, Sharon Lilyquist (Craig), Karon Brown (Keith), Carol Fundanet (Dragan), and Barb Grith (Mike), along with grandsons Kevin, Mel (Lisa) and Nicholas (Sarah) and great grandchildren Melia, Kayia, Macie and Trent. Although he will be missed by his family and friends, we will all remember the special times and moments we had with Arnie and always cherish those memories.
Arnie enjoyed telling stories about his service in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945, experiencing World War II on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. In 1945 he served as part of the honor guard at the funeral of president Franklin Roosevelt. A proud veteran, he enjoyed his annual naval reunions and served as a volunteer for over 25 years at the V.A. Hospital in Spokane. Arnie worked in the construction trades and also owned Pine Haven Resort in Longville, MN for many years. When he retired in 1982, he moved to Post Falls, then resided in the Spokane Valley for several years and finally moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2012.
In their retirement years, Arnie and Helen enjoyed many winters "RV-ing" in Arizona and California. He especially enjoyed golf, cribbage, gardening and many outdoor activities. He loved to show you his vegetables and flowers. Two of Arnie's favorites were his homemade zucchini salsa from his garden and his traditional Swedish potato sausage with luteﬁsk at Christmas. Arnie enjoyed hunting and fishing, particularly fishing up in Alaska with his brother-in-law Sparky and his nephew Larry. Even when they were having a losing season, he remained a staunch Seattle Mariner fan. Right up to the end he was enjoying college basketball, particularly his Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Arnie was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. A private memorial service will occur at a later date when his ashes are placed in the Veteran's Cemetery in Medical Lake, Washington. The family expresses its appreciation and gratitude to the healthcare providers at the V.A., Kootenai Health and Hospice House for their wonderful care.