Chaplain Arvid A. Harklau

Chaplain Arvid A. Harklau

Chaplain Arvid A. Harklau

Lima, Ohio

Chaplain Arvid A. Harklau, 89, of Lima, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born April 29, 1933, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to the late Albert and Helen (Barta) Harklau. He married Elaine Schroeder on Sept. 1, 1956, and she survives in Lima.

Arvid received a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, served as Chaplain at Iowa State Hospital and a year at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He had 16 years parish experience, 19 years as a chaplain mostly at Lima Correctional Institute, and then eight years as interim pastor at various congregations. He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Cridersville, Ohio.

Additional survivors include a son, Peter (Tracey) Harklau of Lima; daughters, Stephanie (Jason) Shamroski of Rockledge, Fla., and Michelle Harklau of Columbus; three grandchildren, Diana, Kevin and Samantha; and a brother, Lanny (Sharon) Harklau of Stillwater, Minn.

The family will receive friends 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 14 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Funeral service will follow at noon, with Pastors Sam Payne and Robert ‘Bob’ Gibson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church and online condolences may be shared at

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