GLENWOOD - Dr. Arthur P. Troness, age 88, died Wednesday, February 21, 2008, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23rd at Sacred Heart Church in Glenwood, with Father Anthony Marfori officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenwood, MN. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood, MN.
Dr. Arthur P. Troness was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on August 23, 1919, to Ole and Minnie (Bryngelson) Troness. He grew up and attended school in Sauk Centre, graduating from Sauk Centre High School in 1940. In April of 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. After the fall of the Philippines he was taken as a Prisoner of War by the Japanese and held for 3 ½ years. Following his honorable discharge from the service Art attended St. Cloud State University and the Southern School of Optometry in Memphis, TN. On June 23, 1948, he was united in marriage to Gretchen Mamlock in St. Cloud, MN. Following their marriage the couple settled in Glenwood where Art established his optometry practice and began his 44 year career as an optometrist.
Art served on the Glenwood School Board for several years and was a member of the Glenwood American Legion and VFW. He loved to golf and watch the Minnesota Vikings games on television.
Those who knew Art will remember him as a loyal friend with a great sense of humor. The perseverance that enabled him to survive his ordeal as a P.O.W. remained a strong character trait throughout his lifetime. His life experiences made him a man of conviction and, in his later years, a man of deep compassion. Anyone wishing to read Art?s account of his P.O.W. experience may log on to www.troness.com, which will soon be updated to include Art?s compelling story.
Art is survived by Gretchen Troness, his wife of 59 years; one daughter, Becky (Jim) Williams of St. Clair, MN; four sons, Tom (Arlene) of Sauk Rapids, MN, Rick (Mary Ann) of St. Paul, MN, David of Phoenix, AZ and Paul (Amanda) of Phoenix, AZ; 15 grandchildren, Justin, Joe, Jessie, John, Michael, David, Danny, Adam, Matt, Ben, Michael, Dana, Talia, Nicholai, and Teryn,; 4 great-grandchildren, Kiearra, Jevon, Roy and Nathan, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Rudolph, Anna, Sig, Clarence, Ida, Bill and Mabel.