WOODWARD - The funeral for Eddie K. Arnold, 73, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Hale officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Billings Funeral Home with graveside military rites by the Woodward V.F.W. Post #1335.
He was born June 29, 1923 in Stanberry, Mo., to William Henry and Cora Ann (Jennings) Arnold and died Monday, Aug. 5, 1996 in the Newman Memorial Hospital in Shattuck.
He attended school in Stanberry, Mo. and was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in the European Theatre. He was awarded three gold clusters and one purple heart. On Sept. 20, 1944, he married Larene Ellen House in Troy, Kan., and they made their home in Stanberry, Mo. Upon his return from the military he worked as a mechanic. In 1949 they moved to Liberal, Kan., where he worked for two and one half years for Tradewind Industries. He later worked for R.C. Williams Trucking Company as a night mechanic and later worked for Carlile Waterwell and Asphalt. He moved to Woodward in 1962 and started work for Bill Hodges Trucking Company as a driver in 1964 until his retirement in 1982.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was also a lifetime member of the Woodward V.F.W. Post #1335.
He is survived by his wife, Larene, of the home; forur sons, Larry A. Arnold of Atlanta, Ga., Jerry W. Arnold, Roger l. Arnold, both of Woodward, Robin K. Arnold of Little Rock, Ark.; one brother Ralph W. Arnold of Kimberling City, Mo.; three sisters, Minnie Brooke, Lorene Constant, both of Stanberry, Mo., Neva Jean Rucker of Ravenwood, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
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