Michael Ervin Arendt

December 16, 1948 ~ June 21, 2024

Michael Ervin Arendt, age 75 of Lake Charles, Louisiana passed away on Friday, June 21.

He was born on December 16, 1948, in Lake Charles to Mildred Arceneaux Arendt of Rayne, Louisiana and Edward Geary Arendt, of Middletown, Connecticut.

Mike graduated from LaGrange High School, in Lake Charles, in 1967.

He married Mary Maxine Meyers on August 9, 1975 and they had four children: Jonathan Patrick Arendt and wife Martha Johnson Arendt with their children Cecily, Nolan, and Evangeline, of Toronto, Canada; Michelle Renay Arendt of Lake Charles; Christopher Geary Arendt and wife Jessica Rachal Arendt with their children Madalynne, Michael, and Matthew of Westlake; and Tracy Allison Arendt of Lafayette and her puppy Asher.
He worked as a construction worker for Gilbert Arceneaux Construction in Lake Charles until he retired.

Mike was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing as well as cheering for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. His favorite place at home was in the outside kitchen he built, cooking for and with friends and family, as well as listening to the music (often too loudly) that he grew up with from the 50s and 60s. His weekly Wednesday Night Supper Crew gathering with friends was a joy to him for over 40 years. He took much pride in his sense of humor, joking with friends and loved ones; his and others’ laughter brought him so much happiness.

He loved his family deeply and is also survived by his brother Dennis Arendt and wife Beth Bouquet Arendt, of Lake Charles; and his aunt and godmother, Alberta O’Brien of Lake Charles.

He was preceded in passing by his wife, Maxine, and both of his parents.

Visitation will take place on Friday, June 28, from 4:30 until 8:00 pm at Johnson’s Funeral Home in Lake Charles, with a rosary held at 6:00 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday, June 29 at 8:30-10:30AM with a mass at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Lake Charles following at 11:00 AM. A private family interment ceremony will take place on Monday, July 1, at Dutch Cove Cemetery in Carlyss, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers if you would like to make a donation, the family has asked that you do so to a charity of your choosing in Mike’s name.


Visitation: Friday, June 28, 2024
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Friday, June 28, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Saturday, June 29, 2024
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, June 29, 2024
11:00 am

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
935 Bilbo St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601

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  1. We are so sorry to learn of mike’s passing. So many special memories!! Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. God bless you. Terry & Brenda lambright

  2. Our hearts go out to all of you! Mr. Mike was such a kind man who will be missed by so many. So many memories of time spent together throughout the years! Sending hugs and prayers!

  3. Candle 2God bless the family with good memories during this difficult time.
    Terry & Brenda Underwood

  4. Candle 1My thoughts and prayers go to Mike’s family for their loss. I will always remember Mike as a kind and gentle soul. 🙏🙏🙏 Becky

  5. We will always remember Mike for his sharp wit and generous spirit. Sending love and care to the entire Arendt family during this time of grief. Sincere condolences, the O’Brien family.

  6. My sympathy to the family for the loss of your dad, Michael. In the early 70’s, I taught 4th grade at ICCS in Lake Charles with your mother, Maxine. We would carpool at that time as we both lived in Sulphur. She became a good friend and co-worker. In addition to our teaching days together, we were also connected by mutual family. From Maxine, I learned that Eva Mooney (married to Shea), a long time Vinton resident and friend, was her aunt. My Aunt Ruth (Benoit) Avant married Marsene (Shea’s brother). Through the years we shared many good times together and wonderul family stories that helped link our friendship. I attended her wedding to your dad, and what a wonderful day that was. I only knew your dad through my visits with Maxine, but knew he was a kind, intelligent man, and that they loved one another dearly. I will always treasure our friendship and memories as we both began our marriages and births of children. You have been blessed with loving parents, and I can only imagine your heartbreak at this difficult time. May you be comforted in the knowledge that you are in the hearts and prayers of many loved ones and friends, that along with you, will remember them fondly.
    Mary McCall Tharp

  7. Candle 4Dear Kids,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We’ve had the honor of watching all of y’all grow up through the years as we’d all get together for those special suppers! They were always so great and so much fun. We’re so happy that your Dad had such great times with his friends and family. He could always depend on y’all! Y’all were his heart and he always spoke of y’all with that big smile of his and with such pride! He also was a wonderful friend to all of his buddies. They loved him unconditionally. I know Wendell and I have always looked upon all of y’all with love. There’s such a beautiful aura around y’all. Please know that our prayers are with all of y’all through this hard time. The guardian angels are watching over all of y’all.

  8. My dad worked with Mike And Gilbert for many years. That is how I came to know Mike and Maxine. I enjoyed their company at all the barbeques and get-togethers.
    May God bless all of you and give you comfort in fond memories.
    Molly Huesers Benoit

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