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Arno Karl Kleimenhagen, founder of the Marketing Department at UW-Whitewater, died suddenly on March 9 at the age of 83. Born on April 21, 1933 in Portage, WI, he grew up in Wisconsin Dells, where he met and married Betty Thomas, his beloved wife of 63 years. Arno was raised with his brother and lifelong best friend Dick. Arno’s daughter Louisa was born while he was working toward his MBA at UW-Madison and their son Arno while he was serving as a second lieutenant in Fort Benning, GA. He ran his family’s shoe and clothing business in the Dells, while earning a PhD from UW-Madison and then taught marketing at UW-Milwaukee, until he was invited to form his own department at UW-Whitewater, where a professorship was endowed in his honor. He was frequently awarded for excellence in his field and, particularly, for his commitment to his students. Arno also enjoyed a savings and loan and banking career while sitting on many boards and being a foremost expert in the industry. With friends, he enjoyed weekly fish fries and golf, water and snow skiing, theater and symphony, and houseboat fishing trips. He was steadfast in his faith and was an enthusiastic and doting grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Betty, brother Dick, daughter Louisa, son Arno, daughter-in-law Peggy, grandson Ryan and his wife Michelle, and great-granddaughters Nora and Isla, and by many friends and family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 18 at The Church of the Resurrection in Pewaukee, WI with visitation from 12:00 – 2:00. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to the Arno Kleimenhagen Scholarship at Pi Sigma Epsilon Foundation, which benefits education in sales and marketing: PSE Foundation at PSE, 5217 S. 51st St, Greenfield, WI 53132. Donations can also be made online www.pse.org/index.php/foundation/donation-to-nef. A private family burial service will be held at a later date.