Arnold S. Brodale, 90 of Ottosen, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the Paula Ba­ber Hosp­ice Home in Fort Dodge, with his wife at his side.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, August 7, 2020 at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 307 Rossing Ave., Bode, Iowa 50519 with Pastor Joyce Schmidt officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, August 6, 2020 at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church. A face covering will be mandated and social distancing requirements will be encouraged for both visitation and funeral services.

Burial will be held in St. Olaf Cemetery in Bode, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to the discretion of the family.

Arnold S Brodale, 90, was born at home near Ottosen, Iowa August 28, 1929 to Arthur Nickoli and Signora Petra (Holden) Brodale.

Arnold’s parents bought the farm where he grew up in March 1939 and he lived there until the time of his death. He was 90 years, 11 months and 7 days old.

He attended Maple Lawn Country School about one half mile east of his home through the 8th grade and graduated from Bode High School in 1947.

It bothered him that he was unable to serve in the military, as his father did, but an eye injury at birth left him legally blind in one eye and so was unable to serve. Upon graduation he began farming with his father and uncles, Leonard and Gilbert Holden. Arnold was the only child within those three families and built incredible bonds that he carried to his death. In the 1950’s he began his seed business and in September of 1956 he married Ruth Dodd in Bode.

He was a lifelong member of St Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode having been baptized there as an infant.

He lived on the family farm his entire life caring for his father until Art’s death in 1982. His wife Ruth also passed away that same year.

In September of 1984, he married Jeannette Hartmann at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He embraced Jeannette’s children and enjoyed the love of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, which he would not have experienced otherwise, having no children of his own.

His grandson, Clint, came back home after college to build his own chemical and seed business eventually taking over the farm. Arnold and Jeannette were able to enjoy growing old together on the farm in no small part because of Clint’s help. Arnold was the most caring and compassionate man. He had been wounded deeply many times in life yet always treated people with love and respect. Arnold had great love for animals with one dog in particular, Rennie, whose ashes are laid to rest with him. He taught, those who paid attention, a great deal through his words but even more so through how he lived his life.

He loved his mother deeply and was one of the drivers in a crash, near his home, which took her life in 1955. It was a very heavy weight which he carried quietly, made heavier every day until he passed away.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Art & Signora Brodale, his wife Ruth and many pets. He is survived by his wife Jeannette, children; Steve Hartmann (Carolyn) of Dakota City, Terri Hemerson of Iowa City, and Cindy Fort (Gary) of White Settlement, Texas, grandchildren; Clint Hartmann (Cassie), Kathryn Lothamer (Will), Phyllis Hashemi (Seyed), Sarah Gilpin (Andrew), David Fort and Michael Fort; great grandchildren; Caelynn & Cylee Hartmann, Benjamin, Jacob & Elizabeth Lothamer, Tina, Artemisia, Soraya Hashemi & Angel Fort.

Arrangements are with Schott Funeral Home in Forest City. 641-585-2685

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.schottfuneralhomes.com.