|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1868|
|Death: ||Jun. 29, 1933|
Obituary provided by Nancy Arnold Thompson:
The Montrose Tidings, June 1933
Thomas E. Arnold was born in Iberia, Miller County, Mo., on February 16, 1868, and departed this life on June 29, 1933, age 65 years, 4 months and 13 days. Interment was in the Montrose Cemetery.
He was united in marriage to Millie Ann Ragsdale, August 5, 1888. This union was blessed with seven children, six of whom survive and join the loving wife and mother in mourning the passing of this dear one. Those surviving are Mrs. Millie Arnold, the widow, Mrs. R.A. Ring, Kansas City, Kans., A.F. Arnold, Los Angeles, Calif., W.L. Arnold, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. W.T. Garrett, Clinton, Mrs. A.W. Jennings, Kansas City, Mo., Ruby Arnold, Montrose, J.W. Arnold, a brother, Springfield, Mo., and five grandchildren, Jack Ring, Martha Joan Ring, Dorothy Ann Garrett, Arnold Wayne Jennings and Doloris Lucille Arnold. One daughter, Cleo Blanche Arnold, died in infancy.
Funeral services were conducted from the home by Rev. C.E. Nickerson, Sunday, July 2, at 10 a.m. A beautiful service was read preceded by vocal selections rendered by Mrs. John Lasiter, Mrs. J.D. Teays, Billy Kahn, Hubert Miller and Rolla Adams. Following the services a host of friends and relatives formed a long cortege which proceeded to the Montrose Cemetery for interment. The host of friends attending the services and the beautiful floral offerings exemplified the esteem prevailing in the community and surrounding towns.
Mr. Arnold moved to Henry County 43 years ago, settling 2 miles southeast of Montrose, and engaged in farming for 3 years. The family then moved to Montrose, locating in the northwest part of town, remaining at this residence 4 ½ years. He was engaged in farming and draying. The family then moved to the present home and became engaged in the grist and saw mill business which was conducted by the deceased and his father for a few short years.
In 1903 Mr. Arnold received the appointment as rural carrier on Route No. 34, later changed to Route No. 5, which he served for 30 years. Reaching the age limit of 65 years on February 16, 1933, and having completed 30 years of service, he was retired from service on February 28, this year.
Mr. Arnold was a past president of the County Association of Rural Letter Carriers, in which organization he kept his membership until his death. He also had been clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America for the past 25 years.
Tom Arnold was converted and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church about10 years ago and received much solace from his associations with the church.
Having completed so many years of faithful service, he was truly entitled to a long vacation which his retirement had made possible. Soon after his tour of duty was completed, his health failed and although feeling badly, he was not considered dangerously ill. Wednesday, June 28, he was taken suddenly and critically ill. Up until this time he had been able to dress and be up almost every day. He grew steadily worse from Wednesday morning and Thursday the children were notified of the impending danger of his passing on. All of the children, with the exception of A.F. Arnold of Los Angeles, and Mrs. A.W. Jennings of Kansas City, were at his bedside when he passed away. Having prepared himself for the end he passed out of this life to a life where trials and troubles are unknown.
Mr. Arnold was very devout in everything he was associated with and his passing is mourned by all who had occasion to be associated with him. Five rural carriers and the Postmaster of Montrose acted as Pallbearers.
John Lucas Arnold (1838 - 1915)
Millie Ann Ragsdale Arnold (1867 - 1954)*
Dorothy A Arnold Ring (1889 - 1945)*
Faye Arnold Garrett (1899 - 1985)*
Ruby Earl Arnold (1906 - 1990)*
James O Joshua Arnold (1858 - 1877)*
Mary M Arnold (1866 - 1879)*
Thomas Elisha Arnold (1868 - 1933)
Note: Buried July 1, 1933.
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