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Robert Frank Arnold
January 7, 1939 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Robert Frank Arnold, 85, of Merritt passed away on Wednesday January 24, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Robert was born on January 7, 1939 in Bay City, Michigan to Edwin and Alice (Gies) Arnold. He grew up in the Bay city area, graduating from Bay City Handy High School. Bob served in the Army Reserves following High School. On July 1, 1961 Bob was married in Bay City to Darleen E. Wujek. He worked in many different positions over the years. Bob worked in security at Dow Chemical, and the couple owned and operated two flower shops in Bay City. Bob later worked as a bookkeeper/accountant, and owned and operated Bob Arnold and sons Wholesale Dairy Business. The couple moved to Merritt in 1987 from Bay City, continuing the Wholesale Milk Business to area stores and restaurants. When Bob finally retired it was to become a farmer, his longtime dream.
Surviving Mr. Arnold are his loving wife of 62 years, Darleen E. Arnold of Merritt; two sons, Paul (Rochelle) Arnold of Clio, and James (Sheila) Arnold of Fruitport; favorite daughter, Sandra Arnold of Merritt; four grandchildren, Dr. Nicholas Arnold, Nathaniel Arnold, Matthew Arnold, and Meagan Kahn; sister, Gladys MacRoberts of Midland; several nieces and nephews; and three special dear friends, Betty Parsons, Joe Pallas, and Sheriff James Bosscher. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George Feighner, and Junior Arnold.
Memorial Services for Robert Frank Arnold will be conducted at 11:00am Saturday January 27, 2024 from St. John Lutheran Church, Houghton Lake, with Rev. Paul Kruse officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday January 27, 2024 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at St. John Lutheran Church, Houghton Lake. Memorial contributions in memory of Robert are asked to be directed to Worship Anew-Lutheran Ministries, Concordia Theological Seminary, 5 Martin Luther Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.christler-holdship.com