Joseph Lee Arneson, 47, loving son, husband, and father was taken much too soon on Saturday, November 18, 2017, after a very brief battle with cancer.

Joe was born in Bozeman, MT on June 4, 1970 to Leroy and Karen Arneson. He graduated from Bozeman High School in 1988 and worked various jobs including one at the family meat shop.

He met the love of his life, Kara Sherard and they married in 1991. From their marriage Erika, Kiel, and Taylor were born.

In 2000, they moved to Custer, MT, where Joe started his own very successful business, House In Place Inc.

Joe excelled at everything from work to family to friendships. His greatest joys were his children and grandchildren. Many wonderful memories were made on their weekends at the lake and also on many family trips.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman and restorer of muscle cars. He won several awards for his purple ’68 Firebird.

Joe is survived by his wife, Kara; children Erika (Jeremiah), Kiel (Cynthia), Taylor (Travis); grandchildren, Lynnlee, Maizlee, Jesslee, Emberlee; step-grandchildren, Jacob, Justin, and Jaelyn; parents, Leroy and Karen Arneson; brother, Jerry;  Kara’s parents, Clayton and Sue Sherard; sister-in-law, Trina Wilson (Shannon); nieces and nephews, Kaden, Ghunner, Brookes, Tanner, Tucker, and Taya; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and many, many friends.

Joe, Kara, and family would like to thank everybody for all their support and love through this journey.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, November 24, at Heights Family Funeral Home.