Memorable Manitobans: Edward Raymond “Ed” Arndt (1939-2019)
Educator, civil servant, historian.
Born at Neudorf, Saskatchewan on 2 December 1939, son of Adolf Arndt (1901-1995) and Philipina Baron (1906-1984), his family moved to Manitoba when he was in grade 2 and he attended Bield Consolidated School. After graduating from Goose Lake Collegiate in 1959, he worked for a time as a railway section man.
On a recommendation by school inspector Jack Gibson, he received a teaching certificate that permitted him to teach for one year, at Tartakiw School (1959-1960). He then attended the Manitoba Teachers College before returning to teaching in rural Manitoba, including terms at Alma School (1961-1962), Mountain Gap School (1962-1963), Brunkild School (1963-1965), and schools at Split Lake First Nation (1965-1966) and Lake St. Martin First Nation (1966-1968).
In 1968, he moved to Virden where he worked as a field inspector for the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation until retirement in 1995, after which he served on its board (2000-2012). An active member of the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, he served on the Arthur-Virden NDP Association and was a New Democratic candidate in the 1977 provincial general election.
On 29 December 1962, he married Lorraine Edel (1941-2012) and they had four children. He was active in the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Valley View Co-op, Scarth Community Club, Pioneer Power and Equipment Club, and Lutheran and Anglican churches. He travelled extensively throughout Manitoba and amassed a large collection of historical scrapbooks and photographs of former one-room schoolhouses and other historical structures.
He died at Virden on 19 December 2019 and was buried in the Roblin and District Community Cemetery.
The Path of the Pioneers: Belmont and District, 1889-1989 by Belmont History Committee, 1989. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.B44 Pat]
“Rural life appealed to Arndt family,” Brandon Sun, 14 April 1999, page 4.
Obituary [Lorraine Arndt], G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel.
Obituary, G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Ed Arndt for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 May 2022