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Eugene Arnold

BUDA — Eugene Stephan Arnold, 92, of Buda passed away at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Rosewood Care Center of Peoria.

Born Dec. 11, 1920, in Buda to Charles and Sarah (Foster) Arnold, he married Kathryn M. (Kunkel) Morris Oct. 26, 1946, in Princeton. She died March 12, 2007.

He was the owner and operator of Gene Arnold Trucking from 1935 to 2005, hauling livestock and grain.

He was a member of the Hopeland Cemetery Board, United Methodist Church in Buda and Buda Board of Education, and was a 67-year member of Buda American Legion Post 261. He served with the 9th Army Air Force from September 1942 to January 1946, having attained rank of staff sergeant. He served in the European Theater, including battles and campaigns in the Rhineland and central Europe.

Surviving are two daughters, Sue (Allen) Monts of Dunlap and Kathy (Joe) Addis of Vancouver, Wash.; four grandchildren, Amanda (Pat) Schlehuber of Bloomington, Leslie (David) Hickman of Marquette Heights, Sarah (Mario) Ruiz of Valparaiso, Ind., and Susan (Matthew) Hoffman of Troutdale, Ore.; and four great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles E. (Lois) Arnold and Verne (Charlene) Arnold; and two sisters, Ruth (Raymond) Van Drew and Dolores (Stanley) Young.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in  Princeton. Burial will be in Hopeland Cemetery, Buda, with military rites conducted by Buda American Legion Post 261.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Mohammed Shrine Transportation Committee.

Pallbearers will be Allen Monts, Pat Schlehuber, Alex Schlehuber, David Hickman, Joel Van Drew and Ronald Arnold.

Online condolences may be left at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.


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