Robert Earl Arnold, lifelong resident of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, two days before his 89th birthday.
Robert was born in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Oct. 14, 1924, to John Lewis Arnold and Susan Emily (Burke) Arnold. He graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1942.
Robert served in the U.S. Army from February 1943 to February 1946. He was a member of the 187th Combat Engineer Battalion serving in Europe. Mr. Arnold was also a longtime member of Pisgah Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs.
Robert married Lola Grace Hale in February 1951. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lola, of the home. Robert is also survived by daughter, Brenda (Philip) Brown, of Ottumwa, Iowa; four sons, Rodney (Theresa) Arnold, Roy Arnold and Joe (Pam) Arnold, all of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Paul (Donna) Arnold of Kansas City, Mo.; and daughter-in-law, Kim Arnold, of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Lisa Langgin, Matthew Brown, Hannah Abbott, Jonathan Brown, Jill McRorey, Greg Arnold, Kyle Arnold, Leslie Maddox, John Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Lane Arnold, Danielle Arnold, Kelsey Arnold, Caitlin Arnold, Emma Mansell, Libby Mansell and Sarah Mansell; and great grandchildren, Caleb Langgin, Joshua Langgin, Christian Brown, Brendan Brown, Melanie Brown, Lily McRorey, Jack McRorey, Morgan McRorey, Colbie McRorey, Zachary Arnold, Emma Suppes, Michael Suppes, Kayton Arnold and Gage Maddox.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Jonathan Arnold Brown; and a great-grandson, Jack Christopher McRorey.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Polley Funeral Home, 5951 E. Highway 10, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 16, at Pisgah Baptist Church, 112 Pisgah Drive, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Pallbearers are Greg Arnold, John Arnold, Kyle Arnold, Matthew Brown, Lane Arnold and Caleb Langgin.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Pisgah Cemetery Association, 115 Route O, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.
By Standard Staff • StandardStaff@leaderpress.com