Date of Death:  December 12, 2021

Service Details

The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 Arnold St., Three Rivers. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Ron Moritz officiating. A video of the service is available here.

Interment will be held at Moorepark Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post #170.

Obituary Notice

Arnold Duane Sadler, 96, of Three Rivers, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021. He was born on January 8, 1925 in Eagle Grove, IA the son of Edward E. and Marie (Haaland) Sadler.

Arnold graduated from Roosevelt High School in Keego Harbor, MI. After graduation he was drafted into the U.S Navy where he attained the rank of a Motor Machinist Mate during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge he was united in marriage to Anna (Milton) Sadler, who preceded him in death in 2011. He then went to work for Phillips Petroleum which later became California (Cal) Gas Company from where he retired in 1993.

Arnold loved to travel all over the United States with his brothers and sisters and especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. The seven brothers and three sisters enjoyed an annual family reunion at various sites in the U.S.

Arnold enjoyed golf and gardening. His flower gardens had many unique flowering plants which he readily shared.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna; two sisters; four brothers; and son-in-law, Henry Kohl.

Surviving to cherish Arnold’s memory are children, Kim (Judy) Sadler, Kathie Kohl, Kelly Sadler and Kristan (Gary) Bristol; one sister and two brothers; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Additional Information

Memorial donations in memory of Arnold may be directed to St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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  1. I think everyone loved Uncle Duane with his big smile, ready laugh and joy of life. He gave us earth worms to try to do worm castings for our garden. Unfortunately I think I killed the worms by forgetting they were there! He will be missed. He may well be tending a garden in heaven that is perfect.

  2. I appreciate getting to know Mr. Sadler when he would visit the COA and when he lived in the apartments. I don’t know that I’ve encountered a more polite and conscientious person, he certainly would be a model for others to follow. I enjoyed his stories, he had a lot of them and all were good! I especially enjoyed (and respected) hearing about his service in WWII. I’m so sorry for your loss, prayers to all of you in his family.

  3. My thoughts are with all of Duane’s family!

    I have many fond memories of growing up with the Sadler cousins in Iowa! We always spent the holidays together. I always remember that when Duane’s family moved to Michigan, Duane wondered who would take care of his grandpa and grandma in Eagle Grove.. Duane stayed behind to help them.

    In recent years I’ve treasured reconnecting with Duane and the Sadler Family through phone calls and a reunion that was held in Indiana. I will miss him and our reminiscing about “old times”!


  4. I used to do Arnold’s taxes back when I worked at H & R Block. Loved to hear his stories of his many travels. He inspired me to visit a lot of the places he went to. He was a kind man that I loved to talk with. My condolences to his family.

  5. Kathie and family, Mindy & I send our sincere condolences. Although I only met Duane, a few times, he seemed quite friendly. However, so much (about a person’s character and true worth), can be readily viewed through their children. Having known Kathie (for several years, through her loving daughter Carolyn), Duane must have been a man of greatness. We both pray, for the immediate sadness, to be speedily replaced (with comfort, confidence, sweet memories, and daily prayers of thanksgiving). Your father was clearly a blessing (to your family and his community. Be blessed and at peace (with your dad’s lessons, his love, to carry you onward.

  6. Uncle Duane will always be with us and in our hearts. Such a special man. We love him and will rejoice when we can wrap our arms around him again. All our love and condolences to the entire family. Tom, Pam, Joey, Cameo and Shannon

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