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FJELSTED, Arden G. A longtime resident of Lancaster, California passed away on March 15, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born on Jan. 2, 1920, in Colfax, Wisconsin. The son of Carl and Cora Fjelsted. He married Agnes M. Fortman on Christmas Eve in 1949, his soul mate of 64 years. She survives him along with their daughter, Patricia A. Bales. Other survivors include his brother, Harold Fjelsted and sister, Lois Hoveland, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His four grandchildren, Kelly N. (Jay) Graski, Shilee R. (Michael) Gallo, Robert E. and David P. Bales. His five great-grandchildren, Jaylyn, Mason, Melody, Dante, and Noah. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Harriet Fjelsted and Ruth Dobbs of Colfax Wisconsin, and daughter Janet Jahner of Lancaster, Calif. He graduated from Colfax High School, moved to Van Nuys, California, attended school at USC and UCLA for aerospace business administration, started working for North American/Rockwell until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He was a World War II Veteran in the 35th infantry, serving in the South Pacific. In 1946, returned to Inglewood, returned to North American/Rockwell in the engineering department where he was sent to Edwards Air Force Base to work on flight test operations on the F-86, T-39, X-15 rocket plane, B70 and B-1 bomber and other jet fighters. During this time, he met his love and settled down in the Antelope Valley in 1950. He retired after 34 years. He was active in many community projects. He was the Director of Chamber of Commerce from 1958 to 1961, Treasurer and member of the Kiwanis Club, March of Dimes, and the Antelope Valley Fair. He was a devoted member of Lancaster United Methodist Church for 55 years and involved in various committees and organizations throughout his service to the church. he deeply loved his family and had a passion for aircraft, reading, traveling, music, and playing the organ. Arden will be immensely missed by those who loved him. He will be in our thoughts and memories for the outstanding gentleman he always was. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 West Ave J. Funeral Services will begin at 12 p.m., by Minister Terry Van Hook, followed by a reception. Burial services will be held at 2 :30 p.m., at Joshua Memorial Park, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd. Arrangements entrusted to Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals & Cremations, Lancaster.

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