Alan Parker Arnold, 83, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.
Alan, the son of Cletis and Anna (Dickson) Arnold, was born in LaGrange, WY, on March 6, 1935. Alan and Arlene Hahn were united in marriage on Sept. 15, 1956, in Torrington, WY. They shared over 61 years together.
Alan enlisted in the United States Army in 1957. He served with the 26th Anti-Aircraft Artillary Group at Battery Headquarters, Fort Lawton, Seattle, WA. In 1958 he was promoted to SP4 as an Air Defense Artillery Operations and Intelligence Specialist.
Alan and Arlene’s first child, Kenneth Wayne, was born on April 6, 1959. In May, Alan received an honorable discharge from the Army, and the young family traveled to Baker, MT. Alan resumed his job with Shell Pipeline Corporation working on the Butte Pipeline.
During Alan’s 30 years with Shell, he and Arlene raised three sons, Kenneth Wayne, Carl Ervin and Keith Alan. The family lived in several homes in Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas. After retiring from Shell, Alan and Arlene bought a farm near Montevallo where they lived for over 20 years, often spending winters at their lake house in Livingston, TX. During this time, Alan worked as a pipeline inspector and ran a small trucking operation. In 2011 Alan and Arlene moved to Nixa.
Alan was a member of Countryside Christian Church in Nixa and Nixa Memorial Post 434 of the American Legion.
Alan is survived by his wife, Arlene, of the home; son, Kenneth Arnold, of San Rafael, CA; son, Carl Arnold, and his wife. Kristy, of Vernon County; son, Keith Arnold, of League City, TX; granddaughter, Joanna Arnold, of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Ruth Barnard, of Cebu City, Phillipine Islands; brother, Herman Arnold, of Corpus Christi, TX; sister, Sherry Miller, of Fayetteville, AR; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Cletis and Anna Arnold, of LaGrange, WY; brother, Dewey Arnold, of El Dorado Springs; and sister. Wilda Taylor, of Tulsa, OK.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Countryside Christian Church, Nixa, with Reverend Rodney McCann officiating, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Interment was the same day in Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery, Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital at https://www.barnesjewish.org/giving.