Arnold “Arnie” Bielemeier, 82, was born in the family farm house near Mt. Angel to George and Anna (Klein) Bielemeier, the fourth of five children.
He graduated from Mt. Angel Prep School and after high school worked in construction with his brother. Arnold then worked for the Oregon National Guard in Salem for 30 years.
He retired in 1984 and moved to Yachats where he and his wife Rita enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Together they organized the Oregon Alliance for the Mentally Ill Chapter in Lincoln County.
Arnold and Rita returned to Keizer in 1994, where Rita passed away in 2009. He later returned to Mt. Angel where he spent his remaining years.
Arnie enjoyed telling stories, taking pictures, sight-seeing road trips, helping friends and family and keeping up with politics. Arnold was a devout Catholic.
Arnold is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rita; son, Kevin; brother, Joseph.
He is survived by, his sons, Mark (Christina) and Mike (Martina); stepchildren: Mark (Linda) Crosby, and Linda (Jim) Dover; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to the Oregon Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI OREGON).
Memorial mass was held April 10 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Mt. Angel. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel of Mt. Angel.