W. Wayne  Arnold
W. Wayne Arnold, 87, of Beecher City, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Heartland Christian Village - Senior Living in Neoga.

For the many friends and family that knew Wayne, he would never pass up the chance to share a bowl of homemade ice cream. With this in mind, a Celebration of Life/Ice Cream Social will be held in his memory at a later date. Private family services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Beecher City Volunteer Fire Dept or Crossroads Cancer Center Effingham. Online condolences can be expressed at www.hohltandfilefh.com

Walter Wayne Arnold was born July 10, 1932, in Holland Twp. Shelby County, IL, the son of Frank and Ruby Arnold. He graduated from Beecher City High School in 1950, following graduation he was drafted into the US Army where he served as a Military Police Officer.

He married Melba Louise Kahl on July 31, 1954; she preceded in death March 11, 1981. He later married Glenda Kay Rook on July 15, 2000, together they shared nearly 20 years of marriage.

Wayne was a self-employed farmer, who over the years raised hogs, nearly 300 head of goats, poultry and other livestock. In addition to farming, he was a regional seed corn distributor for Fielder's Choice Direct. Wayne volunteered for the Beecher City Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a leader for the Holland Hustlers 4-H Club and Tractor School; throughout the years, Wayne helped organize the Beecher City 4-H Fair. In the 1950s he helped found the Beecher City Go Kart Race Track, where he and Melba raced for several years.

Wayne was a devout Christian, never wavering in his faith; he loved spending time with his grandkids, playing the harmonica, roller skating, having a big bowl of ice cream, and visiting his friends at the local coffee shops.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Arnold of Beecher City; sons, Larry (Cathy) Arnold of Beecher City and Chad (Tera) Arnold of Mattoon; daughters, Sherry Wagner of Erlanger, KY, Carolyn (Randy) Myers of St. Elmo, Marilyn (Tim) Tappendorf of Shiloh, and Julie (Todd) Kemme of Mason; step-son, Kurt (Keri) Kistler of Vandalia; step-daughters, Keri (Brian) Buscher of Vandalia and Sue Holliday of Vandalia; sister, Wanda Faye (Wayne) Bushue of Beecher City; grandchildren, Stephanie Dreisbach, Shane Scroggins, Hollie (Jeremy) Lock, Brooke (Matt) Wilkins, Dylan Myers, Morgan Myers, Tyler Tappendorf, Jillian (Dave) Wood, Cassidy Arnold, Catlin Arnold, Lance Arnold, Jarielle (David) Cameron, Spencer (Rachel) Hammer, Kellen Kemme, Deken Kemme, Kadelyn Arnold, Paxton Arnold, Blake Morrison, Adam Buscher, Drew Buscher, Dalton Davison, Kaden Kistler, and George Holliday; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Melba.
Published on March 26, 2020

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