Michigan Truck and Tractor Pulling at it's Finest

9/13/2017


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Arps family on the passing of Tom Arps of the "Black Widow" TWD 

Tom was a pioneer of the TWD class.

www.rodenbergfuneral home.com/obituraries/Thomas-Arps/ 

Arrangements 

Visitation Friday September 15 from 2:00 to 8:00 

at 

Rodenberg funeral home 

1010 Westmoreland Ave 

Napoleon OH 43545

Funeral Saturday September 16 at 11:00 

with visitation one hour before service 

at 

St Paul Luthern Church 

1075 Glenwood Ave 

Napoleon OH 43545



Obituary for Thomas ArpsThomas H. Arps, 74, of Napoleon, Ohio passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 15, 1943 in Defiance, Ohio to the late Henry (Hank) and Hilda Marie Arps. He married Sharon Olmstead on May 15, 1982 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon and she survives.
Tom worked at Gerken Construction for 14 years and a few years at Napoleon Spring. He then started his transmission business repairing transmissions and retiring later in 2009. Tom was very inventive especially when it came to fixing things. He will be most remembered for his truck pulling and owner of the Black Widow. He was in the truck and tractor pulling family for over 40 years. He was a member of the NTPA Pulling Association, Wolverine Pullers, and the Ohio State Pulling Association. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon. He enjoyed listening to polka music and tinkering in his shop. 
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Amy Jo Arps (Jim Buchhop) of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio; sisters, Janice (Tavi) Prundeanu of Dexter, Michigan, Karen (Ed) Gerken of Defiance, Ohio, Phyllis (Kenny) Miller of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, and Joann (Terry) Robinson of Garrett, Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon. Interment will follow the service at St. Mark's Cemetery in Defiance, Ohio.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 15 at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon or CHP Defiance Inpatient Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com. 



Schedule 

updated 7/15/17


Adrian, Cassopolis, Coldwater, Berrien Springs, Saline  results up on Results Page 


Points page updated 9/5/17


 


2016 AWARD WINNERS 

PULL OF THE YEAR - SALINE MI 

THANK YOU MAX AND SANDY SIMPSON 


PULLER OF THE YEAR - DAVE WEISS 

THANK YOU TOM WORTH 


CREW AWARD - LEE BUTTS 

THANK YOU BOYER FAMILY 


RECOGNITION AWARD - LAURA AND ANNA VANSPLINTERN 


SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD - STAN WARDA 


MOST IMPROVED - JON SILSBY 


FWD 

CHAMPION DAVE WEISS 

RUNNER UP GARY VANBLARICUM 

3RD DAVE BOS 


MOD 

CHAMPION ALAN JUDY 

RUNNER UP DON DEANE 

3RD MIKE SCHOENMANN


SS-COMBO 

CHAMPION LEE BUTTS 

RUNNER UP FELDKAMP PULLING TEAM 

3RD KEVIN MIGNAULT 


TWD 

CHAMPION DAVID KOGLIN 

RUNNER UP POTTER/GRIFKA 

3RD  SHEPERD PULLING TEAM 


SF 

CHAMPION JON SILSBY 

RUNNER UP LEE BUTTS 

3RD DAVE WHELAN 

THANK YOU DAN,CAROL NEARPASS AND JON, SANDY SILSBY FOR SPONSORING THE AWARD JACKETS 

THANK YOU DAVE DANN FOR PROVIDING CHAMPION AND RUNNER UP WITH PICTURES 


WE HONORED OUR OUTGOING PRESIDENT DUANE CREEDON, THANK YOU FOR 10 YEARS OF SERVICE