Larry "LJ" Arnold
Larry J. “LJ” Arnold, 53, former Roaring Fork Valley local, died of cancer Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at his home in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He was born May 25, 1954, in Dayton, Ohio, to Viola and Bill Arnold.After graduating from high school, LJ continued his education in an auto-body program. He had the opportunity to play semi-pro baseball, which included a game against Pete Rose. As baseball was not to be his future, he worked the rodeo circuit in Arizona, riding bulls and busting broncos.LJ’s love of the cowboy life led him to Colorado to work as a ranch hand. It was here he met his first wife, Annie Graber. They were married from 1982 until her death in 1988.Life in Colorado was filled with work in the auto-body business throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, pack trips in the mountains with his Pecos and Ben the dog, and also softball, bowling with the “BUBs,” riding his vintage Harley, and spending time with his “Pards.”While in Colorado, LJ met his “darlin'” Kate, and the two of them moved to Minnesota. He continued to work in the autobody business and never lost his passion for horses. He developed a close friendship with fellow horsemen and competed in many team-penning competitions.LJ was known for his cowboy hat, his prominent mustache, and his love for his dogs. LJ will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, his wry insight and easy quiet style, leaving his unforgettable spirit with all who knew him.Survivors include brother David (JoAnne) Arnold of Dayton; friend Katie Lommen of Detroit Lakes; one niece; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his faithful companion, Roxy.A celebration of his life will be held at high noon Saturday, Oct. 4, meeting at the American Legion Post 100 in Carbondale, and leaving shortly for “his last ride up McClure Pass.” The group will return to the Legion Hall for a get-together with stories, food and drink.For more information about Saturday’s memorial gathering, call Colleen at 309-5444.
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