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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Joey Bernhard Arnegard
May 11, 2005 - January 25, 2022

Place of Birth: Eden Valley, Wyoming
Residence: Watford City, North Dakota
Age: 16

Joey Bernhard Arnegard was born in Eden Valley, Wyoming on May 11, 2005. His Great Aunt Jinny Carlson was the Doula who assisted at his home-birth. To his Mother, Joey was her desert boy. He was the fifth of seven children born to Reverend David and Alida Arnegard during the time David was a Pastor of the Eden Valley for Jesus Evangelical Free Church.

Joey seemed to have been born with a twinkle in his deep blue eyes, a brilliant mind and an adventurous spirit. He had strong, steady hands that were always busy; whether he was holding a Rubik’s Cube, a paintbrush, playing the piano, dribbling a basketball, or holding a hand of cards. He had a passion for solving complicated puzzles and loved learning algorithms. His desk held his collection of the many Rubik’s cubes he had formed into various shapes and patterns. His family loved listening to him play the piano and he often learned new songs and solo pieces he heard in music and movies. Joey always impressed his family by his ability to paint a picture so full of reflection, smart angles, and color. His art is greatly treasured by his family. Come rain or shine, wind or snow, Joey would be shooting hoops out on the gravel driveway of the Arnegard home. He was always looking for ways to improve his form and accuracy. He practiced hard and his family and friends loved cheering him on as he improved over the years.

Joey was a thrill seeker and looked forward to camping trips, long hikes and spontaneous summer lake days. All he needed was a pack of matches and flip flops and he was ready to go. Rain or shine, it was lake time.

Every year, Joey looked forward to long youth trips and noisy bus rides with his friends — always full of funny stories and inside jokes to tell when he got home. When he was not so busy, Joey would often be found at a table dealing out a hand of Rook or setting up a board game for the family. Since Joey loved games of strategy, the Arnegard’s knew when they started a game of Dutch Blitz, Settlers of Catan, Chess, or Ticket to Ride, there was a 9 in 10 chance that Joey would win.

His clever mind was well-balanced by his reassuring smile and love of animals. Joey loved the family puppy, Willow, and he would spend many hours calling her nicknames like “Wit, Wheezy, or Pup,” only he could come up with while welcoming her into the house with hugs and words of adoration. If there were a baby or small animal in sight, it would be in Joey’s arms. He had such a love for baby goats, ducklings, chicks, kittens and puppies.

Joey never got to experience being an uncle but he was a role model and master of fun to all of his younger cousins and siblings at each family gathering.

Joey loved his family in a teasing way. He was the king of nicknames for all. He would show love to his family with gentle pats on the head, linking arms during a movie, and hugs, no matter how old he got. Joey made sure to always say, “I love you,” and was a friend to each one of his siblings. Joey made his family laugh more than anything and his voice brought joy to their home. He fully won the hearts of his parents, siblings and friends and he was adored and cherished by each of them.

His deep love for God was reflected in his joy in Jesus which shone brightly in his contagious smile and his mischievous blue eyes. He truly spread a mantle of intentional kindness and Godly selflessness wherever he went.

Returning from an insanely successful ‘shoot around’ with his beloved team members and friends, black ice caused Joey’s Avalon to careen out of control. He was hit by a semi-truck after he lost control of the vehicle. On Tuesday morning, January 25th, Joey Arnegard went to be with Jesus.

The many who mourn his passing include his Parents: David and Alida Arnegard; his siblings, Kristina, (Cole), Clara, Dorothy, Oskar, Oliver and Judah. He is also mourned by Grandparents, Cameron and Mary Susan Arnegard; Uncles, (Spencer) Simmons, Matt Arnegard, and Iver Arnegard; Dear Aunties, Ruth Frank and Virginia Arnegard. On his Mother’s side; Grandfather Harold Timothy Carlson and ‘Mor Mor’ Judy Raye Carlson mourn him along with Aunties, Elnora White, (Danny), Elizabeth Carlson, Annalisa Shamberger (Justin); Uncles, LCDR Kristian (Damaris) and CPT Nels (Jordan) Carlson. He is mourned by 22 maternal cousins; 4 paternal cousins, Great-Great Paternal Cousin, Gen Bruins, Eugene Holen; GGG Auntie, Marilyn Carlson; Great-Great Maternal Aunties, Ruth Phillips, Marilyn Aronson, (David), Marilyn Eastep; Great Great Uncle Timothy B. Nelson, Great Uncles, Richard (Jinny) Carlson, David (Virginia) Carlson, Bruce (Ann) Carlson, and Chuck (Nicole) Carlson along with other beloved relatives who each grieve deeply his sudden passing.

This world is truly not our home and now, ‘He is finally home!’

“Our Dearest and Brightest Joey! Joey! Joey!!!, we shall meet again!” because of Jesus and thankfully we do not grieve as those who have no hope. As Grandpa Cameron so lovingly expressed, “Taken in his prime. Mercifully it was swift. He was the Best of us.” Oh how we miss you, our dearest “Joey Showey.”

Memorial Contribution
A GoFundMe account has been created and the funds will go directly to the family during their time of need. Any donation is deeply appreciated.

Please use the blue button under the service information to link directly to Joey's Go Fund Me page.

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Ray & Diann Unterseher (Watford City, North Dakota)
Jan 26, 2022
We want to let you know how sad we are for you dear Folks. It is OK to ask why! We weep with you and our loss is so unmeasurable! Lean on Jesus and he will give you rest. We are so sorry!
Ray & Diann
Marilyn and David Aronson (Beresford, SD)
Jan 27, 2022
We grieve with you. God bless you all in this time of sorrow and always.
Missy Turley (Greenwood, AR)
Jan 27, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss. All of Joey's friends and family are in our prayers. He was a very special young man and meant so very much to my niece and nephew. Lots of prayers from Greenwood, AR.
Sheila Mainous (Valrico, FL)
Jan 27, 2022
David, Alita, Sue, Cameron and family...my heart is breaking for you all. I ask God in my prayers to give you strength. I send you hugs to give you comfort. I cry tears of sorrow for your pain. While I cannot be with you, my thoughts and spirit are there.
BJ Etzold (Bismarck, ND)
Jan 27, 2022
Arnegard Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We were heartbroken to hear the news as our bus was just approaching the interstate to head your way for a boys basketball game. We immediately went to our chapel when we returned to the high school to pray for Joey's soul & the entire Arnegard family and will continue to pray for you all.
God bless,
BJ Etzold & the St. Mary's Boys Basketball Team
Travis and Lindsey Gudmunsen (Arnegard, ND)
Jan 28, 2022
We would like to offer our prayers and condolences.
Gowing family (Alexander, ND)
Jan 28, 2022
Dear Arnegard family,
We pray that Jesus wraps his arms around you and gives you the peace only He can!! Joey's memory and life will continue to bless those whose lives he touched!! I taught him in VBS, and he was always a joy!! Randall also enjoyed being a cabin mate with him. We love you!!
Theresa Deckert (Devils Lake, ND)
Jan 29, 2022
David and Alida, Our hearts go out to you as we hold you up to our heavenly Father through prayer. May God continue to help and hold you as you travel this difficult road. May you know His joy in realizing that life is just a breath and one day in the future you will be united in Heaven. Hugs, Theresa and Jeff Deckert
Jan 30, 2022
Lifting up prayers of comfort.
Martha Nugent (Sidney, MT)
Jan 30, 2022
I loved the statement, “This world is truly not our home and now, ‘He is finally home!’“

God bless you and your family during this extremely difficult time. I think we can all envision Joey being embraced in God’s loving arms. He is definitely home.
Melisa Nelson (Blaine, Wa)
Jan 30, 2022
My heart is heavy for you, dear Arnegard and Carlson families, as well as for all of Joey’s friends. I send you my love, my support, and my prayers.
Erica Johnsrud & Chas Neff (Watford City, ND)
Jan 30, 2022
Thinking of you all during this terrible sadness. Holding you close in our prayers as you mourn Joey's sudden passing.
Bernice Keutzer (Arlington, IL)
Jan 30, 2022
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Joey. May the peace of God be with you all.
Jeff & Ann Johnsrud (Watford City)
Jan 30, 2022
Arnegard family,
Our hearts go out to you all in this unimaginable loss of Joey. Life changes in an instant. There are no words…know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jan 30, 2022
We all hurt and mourn the loss of a brilliant, young man. A young man with the whole world in his grasp. Only God knows and He chose Joey's eternal reward, sooner than later, and in our earthly devastation, we can rejoice in that.
Pam and Chuck Erickson (Bennett, Colorado )
Jan 30, 2022
We are the great Aunt and Uncle of Cole McGorman and his wife Kristina, we are sorry a young life lost too soon. May he rest in peace.
Alicia Diede (Watford City, ND)
Jan 31, 2022
Arnegard Family
Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's strong, loving arms around you all. So now with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one can take away your joy. John 16:22
Ted and Jennifer Stewart (Naples, Florida)
Jan 31, 2022
So sorry for your loss Arnegards and Carlson families. Thinking of you all and praying for you.
Steven Holen (Watford City, ND)
Feb 1, 2022
Our deepest condolences to the Arnegard family on this tremendous loss. Joey was an exceptional young man and a great teammate and member of our Wolves family. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Cheryl Maynard (Watford City)
Feb 1, 2022
I’m so sorry for your loss, Joey sounds like an amazing young man! I’m sending prayers for peace & comfort for his family & friends!
Ann-Marshall and Bruce Carlson (Dayton, Texas)
Feb 1, 2022
Praying the God of Comfort continues to surround and support David, Alida and all the family during this time of grief.... We grieve with you in the loss of Joey. We know that he is absent from the body but present with our Lord!
David and Jackie Nelson (Hendrum , MN)
Feb 2, 2022
My dear sister and brother in Jesus, David and I are with you on this day and here to listen in your tomorrow's. I love you Alida.
Brian & Laura Dokken (Watford City, ND)
Feb 2, 2022
We are so very saddened by the tragic loss of Joey. It was a joy to watch #25 play for the Wolves. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Lois Bronaugh (Orlando, FL)
Feb 2, 2022
Sending love and prayers for you all today
Willem and Evona VanGemeren
Feb 2, 2022
David and Aida,
We mourn the loss of your son. Though we never met him or any of your children, we know you. The Lord give you a greater sense of his eternal and truthful love.

Willem and Evona VanGemeren
Josh and Michelle Baird (Monticello , Utah)
Feb 2, 2022
There no words to express our sadness at the loss of Joey. though we cannot be there in person we are very much there in spirt. Always in Christ.
Josh and Michelle Baird (Monticello , Utah)
Feb 2, 2022
There no words to express our sadness at the loss of Joey. though we cannot be there in person we are very much there in spirt. Always in Christ.
Trygve Bolken (Bend, Oregon)
Feb 2, 2022
David, Alida and Family,
I cannot even begin to comprehend your loss. Sydney, Mathilda and I send prayers of comfort and support in your time of grief. We also pray for strength in the knowledge he is resting comfortably in the arms of the Lord.
Trygve, Sydney and Mathilda
Feb 3, 2022
No greater joy comes into this world than a little bundle of love, that a mother watches grow into a fine young man. But in such times as this, no mere words can take away the pain that mother and all are feeling. I hope that amidst your tears you find a measure of hope and comfort in God's promises. For God’s love is proved by His memory of young Joey in every detail and if not one sparrow falls to the ground without His notice, certainly God will not forget your beloved son, nor the promises He holds out to all.—Mt. 10:29,31; John 5:28, 29, Rev.21:4; Ps.37:11, 29 My prayers are with you.
Joe & Andrea Weadick (Wauconda, IL)
Feb 7, 2022
We join your family, dear friends David & Alida, in mourning the loss of your beloved Joey. You were devoted parents who showed your son the most important thing - the way to Jesus. Praying for you.
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