John Charles Arnold |

John Charles Arnold

John Charles Arnold of Rifle died Monday, June 17, 2002, at the Colorado State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Rifle. He was 86.

Mr. Arnold was born July 1, 1915, in Leon, Kan., to Charles Whitlock and Veta Lee Deinlein Arnold. The family moved to Colorado in 1923.

Mr. Arnold joined the Army in 1941 and received his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He served with the First Cavalry in Australia, the Admiralty Islands and New Guinea during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Colorado.

He married Anna Elizabeth Lockman on Aug. 11, 1945. She died in February 1977.

The couple settled in the Montrose and Delta area, where Mr. Arnold farmed until 1962. Then he went to work for Union Carbide Corp. in Uravan. He transferred to Union’s Rifle facility in 1964, and retired from the company in 1973.

He spent his later years hunting, fishing and working at various jobs to pass the time.

Mr. Arnold was a life member of Moose Lodge 1345, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of Elks Lodge 2195.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Elizabeth Arnold; and by sisters Myra Evelyn Hainer and Sarah Lucille Kling.

Mr. Arnold is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Charles A. and Mary Arnold and Richard L. and Judy Arnold, all of Rifle; by daughter and son-in-law Nancy L. and Jerry Swanson of Livermore; by a sister, Velma McMichael of Olathe; by eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at the Moose Cemetery in Rifle. A reception will follow at the Moose Lodge.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rifle Moose Lodge Charities, 133 E. 3rd St., Rifle, CO 81650.

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