Arnold Walter Lewallen age 86 of Eau Claire passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on January 27th, 2019. He was born to Walter and Mary (Preston) Lewallen in Stanley, Wisconsin December 19th, 1932. He attended Pleasant Valley School. Arnie worked for many years at Ladish Company — ATI a foundry in Milwaukee. Arnie also worked for the Eau Claire County Home. He married Norma Ludwigson on November 30th, 1957 and they enjoyed 49 years till her passing on April 19th, 2006. In 2000 when Arnie suffered a Cardiac arrest, Norma gained local hero status by administering CPR until the EMT’s arrived; thus, saving Arnie’s life. Gold Cross Ambulance staff featured Arnie and Norma as guest speakers at that year’s banquet honoring local heroes. Arnie was very proud of his loving wife and shared the story with many people. He carried the newspaper clipping on his person the rest of his life. For many years, Arnie was a member of the Pentecostal assembly church in Eau Claire for many years.
Arnie is survived by two step-sons Gary Ludwigson & Larry Haigh, both of South Carolina, brothers Claire Lewallen, Stanley, WI, David Lewallen (Cheryl), Rhinelander, WI and a sister Adelyne Velie of Waco, Texas, sister-in-law Laura Lewallen, Stanley, WI and many nieces and nephews.
He also leaves behind a village of people who cared for him the last few years when he was officially diagnosed with Dementia. Rick Payton and the rest of the McDonalds old car guys (Tom Rohrer, Dan Ogan, and Randy Hendrickson) who took Arnie to lunch, bank, doctors’ appointments and even moved him to his new place this summer. Dawn (Wathke) Miller and the rest of Merchants Bank ladies Pat, Carol and Georganne who helped Arnie so much for so many years with great kindness and empathy. Eau Claire City police officer Clay Wanta who stopped in weekly to check on Arnie and even took him to his church and dinner with his family on Christmas. His neighbors John Bushendorf and Maddie Fellinger, who took great care of Arnie providing transportation and friendship. Lifelong friends Shirley Ponick and Bonnie Lanza who did his laundry and provided transportation to church. Craig Macintosh, his landlord, kept an eye on Arnie and took him on errands. Nephew and Niece Steve Lewallen, Jolly & Richard Stelzler. Last but not least Care Wisconsin and his case worker Michelle Brown and Safe At Home care giver Vanessa Meyer.
Arnie was preceded in death by: Wife Norma Lewallen, Father Walter Lewallen, Mother Mary Preston-Lewallen, Brother Glen Lewallen, Brother William Lewallen, Sister Lorain Asselin Zurecher, Sister Elmyra Borden, and Brother Jonathan Lewallen.
A memorial visitation will be held February 12th from 4PM- 6PM at Hulke Family Funeral Home, 3290 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701. (formerly Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home). A private burial will be held at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire. There will be no formal service or viewing.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, please go visit an elderly family member or friend and take them to lunch or dinner and make a toast to Arnie. Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.
From Gibran’s The Prophet: When the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.