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Brian Arneson

Brian Duane Arneson

Friday, August 7th, 1970 - Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
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Brian Duane Arneson was born on August 7, 1970, in Hardin, MT to Clarence and Constance Arneson. After a short battle with cancer, Brian went to his eternal home in heaven on November 24, 2020.
Brian grew up on the family farm off Pease Bottom Road northwest of Hysham, MT and attended school in Hysham. Brian enjoyed life on the farm and was very active for six years in Future Farmers of America (FFA) winning numerous awards.

After graduating from high school in 1989, he moved to Billings, MT and attended the Denver Business College obtaining a degree in hotel management. Over the next several years he managed four different hotels in Billings, the most recent being Best Western Kelly Inn. He was also a member of the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID.) Brian took great pride in his work and had the utmost respect for his employees.

On May 22, 1999, Brian married the love of his life Danette Krohmer of Billings, MT. On December 20, 2000, their pride and joy Ashley was born. Brian was a devoted husband and father. He was always there for his family, helping to create many precious memories, and made sure they were always well taken care of. He had a special bond with his daughter sharing their own unique sense of humor. The three of them reveled in their time together. Some of that time was spent enjoying the outdoors, hanging out at home watching movies, and traveling (Oregon coast being one of their top vacation spots.) The wineries may have had a little something to do with why Oregon was one of Brian’s favorites.

Brian was a lot like his dad; very personable and made friends easily wherever he went. Brian was a member of Faith Evangelical Church. His Christian faith was also the foundation for who he was.
Brian is already greatly missed by many, leaving us way too soon.

Brian is survived by his wife Danette and daughter Ashley of Billings, sister Julie (Brian) Tagney of Kimball, MN, mother-in-law and father-in-law Jeannie and Stan Krohmer of Billings, brother-in-law Brian (Julie) Krohmer of Bozeman, brother-in-law Billy (Kari) Willems of Hysham, sister-in-law Dee Arneson of Belgrade, and several wonderful nieces and nephews.

Brian was preceded in death by his father Clarence, his mother Connie, brother Les, sister Laurie, and nephew Bryce.

Those who wish to do so may donate to the American Cancer Society in memory of Brian.
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    Sunday, November 29th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, November 29th, 2020 4:00pm
    Faith Evangelical Church
    3145 Sweetwater Drive
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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Karie Godfrey

Posted at 12:17pm
Brian hired me to work at Quality Inn. I really needed a job and he was a true Christian and seen the good in me. It was one of the best memorable jobs I have worked. When I sat and talked with him he was always fair and caring. Anytime I think of my work with Brian a smile comes my face. He was indeed a truly good man. My condolences to the family and I am sure he is sending blessings your way! He was a ray of sunshine. Thank you for giving me the time to be a small part of your life. You have given me a gift and I will never for get it. May you be given many blessings and may your path be clear. Karie Godfrey

Ron Spence

Posted at 12:44pm
I am truly saddened by the passing of Brian. Being a fellow hotelier, I got to know Brian the past 10 years. We served on different hospitality boards together. He was always very professional, yet had a humorous side to him. He will be missed by those of us who worked with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

Linda L Cook

Posted at 02:06pm
From the first time we meant Brian when Danette introduced us he has been a good friend. He is a wonderful husband and father. His smile, laughter and caring heart will be missed by all. We cherish the memories. Blessings and Hugs to you Danette, Ashley, Family and Friends. Take Care Hug each other and keep the memories in your heart. Always Linda and Skip Cook

Darla Mischel

Posted at 03:07pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Brian was amazing. We had the privilege to get to know him during our stays at the motel. We shared a lot of stories. We talked about getting together so we could meet his family. He loved you both so much and would talk about you all the time. Breakfast at the motel will not be the same without him.
With all our love
Henry and Darla Mischel

Sue Mershon

Posted at 07:23pm
Brian was a Dear Friend to so many of us. Our hearts are heavy with him in mind. His Kind Voice and Big Smile will be in our hearts until we meet again! He craved a warmer climate. Loved a bold red wine. Monday’s at the Cellar’s will not ever be the same without you Brian.

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