In memory of

Craig Arends

November 9, 1954 - September 13, 2021
From: Sac City, IA
Craig Arends

Craig Arends

Born: November 9, 1954
Died: September 13, 2021
Age: 66
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   Craig Arends was a brilliantly talented man. His love of art and music pretty much set the stage for what his life would be like and how he would live it. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 13, 2021, at his home in Sac City, IA, at the age of 66.

  Craig Lewis Arends was born on November 9, 1954, to parents Claus “Babe” and Donna Greve Arends in Sac City, IA. He attended both elementary school and high school in Sac City. Craig graduated from Sac City High School with the class of 1972. He obtained his Teaching Degree from Buena Vista University and taught Art Education for the Coon Rapids School District for nine years.

  He was a man of many talents and playing the guitar was just one of them. He played in multiple bands throughout his life, traveling to many places to play. In 1983, he played in a band that opened for the legendary Prince. After the show, they all gathered at Prince’s Paisley Park home which was a memory Craig enjoyed speaking of. 

  Art was something Craig was known for. He was able to teach his students about something he had a pure love for which made his job not only enjoyable but also very rewarding. He painted many pieces over the years for friends and family. Craig was such an interesting dude. He loved collecting things, even things that to others might be considered junk. He would find unique things he liked and then dig for information on them. He was a sponge of sorts for so many things in life…history, music, art, culture, etc. In his spare time he also enjoyed fishing.

  Craig’s family meant the world to him and spending time with them was something he was always grateful for. He was blessed with three children: Cale, Melanie, and Angela, whom he loved deeply.  The love they have for their dad will remain in their hearts forever.

  Craig leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Cale (Jen) Arends of Mason City, IA, Melanie Altman of MI, and Angela Arends of MO; grandchildren Laina, Malakai, and Arielle; sister Debbie (Dennis) Dettmann of Sac City, IA; uncle Larry Wolfe of Carroll, IA; aunts Cheryl Karstens of Lake View, IA, and Jan Uren of Arnold’s Park, IA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family members and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Babe and Donna Arends; and uncle Delbert Arends.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service
2:00 p.m., Saturday
September 25, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Missy Brown
Prior to the service
1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Saturday
September 25, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
In the family's care.


Friday, September 24, 2021 at 5:19 PM
“Sending sincere sympathy to Melanie and Cale Marie Lane”
- Marie Lane
Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“My friend, DARK KNIGHT, as much of a pain in the ass you were, we loved each other as brothers, true friends. Yeah, been some tears, lots, of sadness and of joy, for your pain is gone and I know you are with the LORD. Tell your best bud, my brother howdie and crank it up so as I can hear ya down here. Prayers to the family.”
- Mitch Wallerstedt
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:02 PM
“Prayers for Craig and his family. He was such a talented artist and musician and a great friend to our son. A real free spirit who lived life the way he wanted to.”
- Cindy Williams and Family
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10:08 PM
“Remembering Craig as a talented art teacher and musician...our sincere condolences to his family”
- Sandra snd dave altman
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 8:53 AM
“So sorry to hear about Craig. He and I had many good memories when we first moved to Sac City as a neighbor and fellow classmate. May he rest in peace!”
- Lynn Middleton
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