In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the El Dorado Springs Lion's Club or the Carl Jucnction Lion's Club and left at the funeral home.
Dewey Dickson Arnold, age 83, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away May 13, 2016, at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO.
Dewey was born June 25, 1932, in LaGrange, WY, to Cletis Elton and Anna (Dickson) Arnold. After he graduated high school his family moved near Montevallo, MO. He met the love of his life, Lois, on a blind date and later he often said, “I’ve been blind ever since!” Lois preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2013.
He loved his Lord and family. He was a strict dad, but was always fair, and he raised his children to know a handshake was as good as their word.
Dewey held several jobs through the years, most being ag-related. He was a crop insurance adjuster and walked many miles in several states checking farmers crops. In later years he drove the Community Springs transport van. He also drove a school bus for the El Dorado Springs School as long as his health allowed.
He moved into the Community Springs Care Center in February, 2013, ten days before Lois passed away. He became their postman, delivering mail to residents on mail days. He also picked up trash in the yard, even getting stuck out there twice and had to be rescued by the staff. Perhaps he was best known for playing jokes and pulling pranks on the unsuspecting staff at the care center. He spent many hours thinking about what he could next do to them. They loved him for it.
Dewey was saved in LaGrange, WY, when a teenager. He was a lifelong member of Glade Springs Missionary Baptist Church, attending church faithfully as long as his health allowed.
He belonged to the Lions Club, serving as club president, served several years as a 4-H leader and helped organize the Olympia Volunteer Fire Dept.
Dewey loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. He always said he would rather raise three girls than one boy that wanted to be a farmer. But he was ever so proud of that farmer and his boys. He delighted in going on a drive in the country to see what his son and grandsons were doing.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Cletis and Anna Arnold; his wife, Lois; one sister, Wilda Taylor, and a grandson, Matthew Arnold.
Dewey is survived by four children: Rebecca (Galen) Gazaway of Nevada, MO, Clayton (Charlotte) Arnold of Walker, MO, Marlene (Stuart) Payne of Webb City, MO, and Karen (Jack) Pate of El Dorado Springs, MO; five grandchildren: David (Stephanie) Arnold, Adam (Angela) Arnold, Amanda (Cliff) Lewton, Megan (Jeremiah) Jones, and Blake (Cassandra) Gazaway; six great-grandchildren: Tackett Arnold, Gideon Jones, Seth Lewton, Soren Jones, Abel Lewton, and Alyssa Gazaway; two step-great-grandchildren: Gracie and Trooper Baker; two brothers: Alan and Herman Arnold; two sisters: Ruth Barnard and Sherry Miller; plus a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services for Dewey Arnold were held on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Bro. Everett Smith and Bro. Keith Irvin officiated and music was provided by the Mennonite Youth Group. Burial followed in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: Clayton Arnold, Adam Arnold, David Arnold, Paul Miller, Blake Gazaway, Clifford Lewton, Jeremiah Jones, Barry Miller, and Tackett Arnold. Honorary pallbearers were: Galen Gazaway, Stuart Payne, and Jack Pate.