Some of you may have heard that Becky’s dad has died. He was in Lincoln having heart pronblems when he died on March 19. The funeral is Wednesday in Broken Bow. We all send our condolecense to Becky and her family. Here is the information that Becky sent me today.
Dr. William George Arnold D.D.S., died Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the age of 86, due to complications following heart surgery.
“Doc,” as he was known by his friends, was born on October 15, 1921 in Cumberland Iowa. He was an outgoing, gregarious man, loved by his family and many friends.
Bill graduated from Creighton University in 1943 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Degree. William then married Margaret Westcott of Dunbar, Ne on September 29, 1944 at Creighton University Chapel in Omaha, Ne.
After joining the Navy, Bill served as a dentist on a military base at Treasure Island, California and was promoted to a Lieutenant J.G. He then joined the Army and finished his service at Scott Field in East St. Louis.
Dr. Arnold moved his family to Broken Bow, Ne and practiced Dentistry here for more than 50 years. Doc was passionate about being involved with the community. He was active in community theater, a blood donor, an Elk, a Rotarian, an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, and a member of the American Dental Association. He enjoyed activities such as golf, trap shooting, and fishing. He was a licenced pilot and enjoyed a good balloon flight as well.
Doc participated in the creation of the One Box Pheasant Hunt. He served the hunt doing every task from a dog handler to guide, to president of the organization. During his long association with the hunt, he welcomed all comers, with joy in his heart treating celebrity and common man alike. He hunted with war heroes such as Jimmy Doolittle and Curtis Lemay. Actors such as Slim Pickens and James Drury. Many Govenors and a variety of football and baseball players. Also, a host of NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton to name a few.
Doc helped set up the Ashern One Box Sharp-Tail Hunt and the Mullen Sharptail Shootout. Doc won the Mullen Hunt in 1989 and proudly wore the trophy buckle for all occasions. Doc was inducted into the Dads, Lads and Lassies Hunt, Hall of Fame in 1989 and also the One Box Pheasant Hunt, Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dr. Arnold was proceeded in death by his parents, Carl and Mae Arnold of Cumberland, Iowa, his sister Mary Helen Wilkinson of Pella IA and his beloved wife of 58 years Margaret “Peg” Arnold.
William is survived by his children, William G. (Jan) Arnold II of Fremont; Holly (Rick) Davisson of Rapid City SD; Becky (Mike) Crawford of Broken Bow Ne; and Karl Arnold of Raymore Mo; grandchildren William G. Arnold III; Leigh Arnold; Amanda (Nicola) Palumbo; Katherine Davisson; Theresa Dubbs; Christopher Waudby; and by eleven great-grandchildren.