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Clifford "Cliff" Arnold
Birth: Aug. 18, 1910
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 11, 1983
Madison County
Illinois, USA

After surviving an extremely rough childhood, "Cliff" married Bertha Meseke on 28 Oct 1931 at the parsonage of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Brussels, Calhoun County, Illinois.

The Arnolds soon became the parents of 4 children and lived in Batchtown, Illinois until 11 Apr 1938 when their house, along with everything they owned, burned to the ground.

With 4 children under the age of 6 and jobs still very hard to come by, Cliff and Bertha moved to a small rented house in Golden Eagle. They were living there when Bertha lost a child in July of 1940.

In late summer of 1941, Cliff secured a job with Shell Oil Company in Madison County, Illinois. The family moved to Wood River in January of the following year, and later to nearby Roxana. Cliff worked at Shell for 28 years and was eventually promoted to pipefitter.

The Arnolds were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wood River.

By the time all but one son had left home, Cliff and Bertha moved for the last time to another home in Roxana. After retiring from Shell in 1970, he worked in outside construction for several more years.

A very talented athlete, Cliff loved to pitch horseshoes and participated in many tournaments throughout the United States. He won dozens of trophies which he proudly displayed in a trophy case that all of his grandchildren gave him one year for Christmas.

Cliff died from lung cancer at his home in Roxana exactly 1 week before his 73rd birthday. He was survived by 2 sons and their wives; 2 daughters and their husbands; 6 granddaughters; 5 grandsons; and 2 great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha; and an infant son, Clifford Arnold.

Visitation was held from 4 to 9 p.m. on 12 Aug 1983 at Gray Funeral Home in Wood River, Illinois. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. the following afternoon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wood River. He was buried next to his wife, Bertha, who passed away in 1981.

The family requested that memorials, if desired, be made to the church or to Hospice of Madison County in care of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Granite City, Illinois.

Children: 3 sons, 2 daughters.

Father of:
Donald Wayne Arnold
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Clifford Arnold
Family links: 
  Bertha Marie Meseke Arnold (1906 - 1981)*
  Donald Wayne Arnold (1932 - 2003)*
  Clifford Arnold (1940 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
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Valhalla Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Madison County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jun 10, 2009
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In memory of my wonderful dad on Father's Day. Truly an inspiration to all of us, and forever missed.
- Love, Ona Mae and family
 Added: Jun. 19, 2016

- Carolina Grave Hunter
 Added: Mar. 10, 2016
Thinking of you on this special day and always. Forever loved and missed.
- The Vint Family
 Added: Aug. 18, 2015
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