TONICA — Clifford Roy Arnold, 72, of 315 Pontiac St., Tonica, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria surrounded by his loving family.
Cliff was born July 14, 1940, in Peoria to Erwin Roy and Lois Marie (Amick) Arnold. He married Elin Ann Richardson on July 4, 1980.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic stationed in Germany. He was a retired pipe fitter/machinist at Caterpillar in Mossville, retiring in 2001. He always assisted in the operations of the family business, the Tonica News and Putnam County Record, and served as secretary/treasurer for Record Newspapers Inc. until the time of its sale in December.
He was a member of United Auto Workers and currently was serving as treasurer of Russell Zenor Post 260 of the American Legion. He also had served on Tonica Volunteer Fire Department and as a trustee on Tonica Village Board.
He loved riding his Harley and had traveled on it extensively throughout the United States and Canada. His passion was cheering on the Dodgers. He loved to read.
Cliff was a gift to all who knew him. Throughout his adult life he helped multitudes of people in many ways. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, endless stories of life and his tremendous ability to love others unconditionally.
Survivors are his loving wife, Elin; three sons, Patrick (Julia) Arnold of Columbia, Ill., Shannon (Sandy) Arnold of Lostant and Matthew Arnold of Napa Valley, Calif.; one brother, Cary Arnold of Medford, Ore.; one sister, Claudia Millimaki of Napa Valley; three grandchildren, Ben, Becky and Amelia Arnold; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Tonica United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Arnold of Mighty Word Church of LaSalle officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Tonica, with military services conducted by Russell Zenor Post 260 American Legion.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the church, followed by an open meeting of the fellowship. Visitation also will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the church.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Wright, Josh Turner, Ryan Bell, Darrell Daniels, Garnell Mond and Raymond Kent Richardson III.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to them to be distributed to Cliff’s favorite charities.
The Hurst Funeral Home, Tonica, is in charge of arrangements.