Richard Lee Arnold

Born: Tue., Apr. 7, 1931
Died: Thu., May 11, 2017


Graveside Service

4:00 PM Sun., Jul. 02, 2017
Location: Fairview Cemetery


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Richard Lee Arnold was born on April 7, 1931 and passed away on May 11, 2017. He was born to Curtin and Lillian Arnold, on a farm in a small community of Orafino, Nebraska. Richard (Dick) attended rural country school until going to High School in Cambridge, where he always excelled in his school work.

Before entering the United States Marine Corp, Dick was the office manager for an earthen dam construction company, doing work in Nebraska, Kansas and Texas. Following his service in the Korean Conflict, Dick returned home to support his parents. He attended McCook Junior College advancing in his administrative and accounting skills and playing football. He then became office manager for the Cambridge based Rural Electric Cooperative.

Dick married Donna Kelly on July 22, 1956. They moved to Brighton, CO and had 3 children. He became General Manager of Union Rural Electric Association, and held this position for 26 years. He continued his career serving in various executive leadership positions at other Rural Electric generation/transmission companies in both Iowa and Missouri. Dick retired in 1996 after a successful 42 year career.

Dick was active in many civic and religious organizations, including the First Presbyterian Church in Brighton, President of Rotary, named Outstanding Citizen for his many contributions to his community, served on the Brighton Hospital Board, along with many local, state and national boards of the Rural Electric Program.

In 1997, Dick retired and move to Sun City West, AZ. There he was involved in the Desert Palms Presbyterian Church as Elder, Property Chair, Men of the Church program, Stephen Ministry, and an avid attendee of church. He really loved his church, wherever he was attending.

He and Donna enjoyed many cruises, tours and visiting Colorado and other parts of the U.S. for a number of years. Dick is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Clarence, Chester, Dorrance, Dorsey, Eugene, and two sisters: Ferne Clapp and Gladys Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Donna Mae and two sisters Phyllis (Ivan) Snyder and Ruth (Darrell) Gregg, his three children Kelly (Jill) Arnold and children Alec and Elizabeth, Alan (Lori) Arnold and children Leah, Jay and Vance, Lynn (Craig) Sumey and children Derek and Brynna, and numerous nephews and nieces.

He will be missed and remembered always as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Memorial gifts may be given in Dick’s memory to the Sun City West Desert Palms Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or Hospice of the Valley.

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Craig Sumey
   Posted Thu May 18, 2017
He was the world's best Father-in-Law, a hero to many, an example to all. I miss him greatly.

Bill Meier
   Posted Thu May 18, 2017
Dear Donna, Kelly, Alan and Lynn, I was hired and welcomed to Union REA in May 1979 by "Mr. Arnold". That was 38 years ago. Dick was a kind man, a real gentleman. I appreciated both his friendship and his executive style. I was just thinking about him a few days ago and, sadly, now I know why. His spirit lives on. I see Kelly occasionally and he has the image and characteristics of his father. Thankfully, Dick and Donna accompanied him to CML conferences were we had the venue to catch-up with each other. My sympathy to you all. My acknowledgement to a good man. Blessings, Bill Meier

Bea Dersham
   Posted Thu May 18, 2017
Donna, So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you. Bea Dersham

Beth Bennett
   Posted Fri May 19, 2017
Our sincere sympathy to the family. Prayers for comfort.
Geoff, Beth and Caleb Bennett (Mount Vernon, IA)

Irene Pfannenstiel
   Posted Fri May 19, 2017
When Dick was the General Manager at United Power, Inc. (known back then as Union Rural Electric), he hired me to be his Secretary. I found him to be an excellent manager with so many great attributes. He had integrity plus. He was a strong leader, very dedicated. He was a man of faith and he loved his family. He was a community leader and many in the community looked up to him. I enjoyed working with Dick Arnold and went on to work almost 33 years at United Power before I retired. I had such a high respect for Dick Arnold and will always remember him as a wonderful person, boss, and friend.

Kay Dreyer
   Posted Fri May 19, 2017
Dear Donna and family, I sent a card to the church as that was the only info I had at the time. Hope they pass it on. I have so many good memories of you and Dick in the past years. Mostly laughter, so many good times. Prayers for you now and in the days to come. With sympathy, Kay Dreyer

Elmer & Diane Oestman
   Posted Sat May 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Elmer &a Diane Oestman

Sharon Paul
   Posted Sat May 20, 2017
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You have my sympathy.

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