NLJ Staff

March 6, 1935–Sept. 2, 2018

Alan Parker Arnold, 83, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Alan, the son of Cletis and Anna (Dickson) Arnold, was born in LaGrange, Wyo., on March 6, 1935. 

Alan and Arlene Hahn were united in marriage on Sept. 15, 1956, in Torrington, Wyo. They shared more than 61 years together. 

Alan enlisted in the United States Army in 1957. He served with the 26th Anti-Aircraft Artillary Group at Battery Headquarters, Fort Lawton, Seattle, Wash. In 1958 he was promoted to SP4 as an Air Defense Artillery Operations and Intelligence Specialist.  

Alan and Arlene’s first child, Kenneth Wayne, was born on April 6, 1959. In May, Alan received an honorable discharge from the Army, and the young family traveled to Baker, Mont. 

Alan resumed his job with Shell Pipeline Corporation working on the Butte Pipeline. 

During Alan’s 30 years with Shell, he and Arlene raised three sons, Kenneth Wayne, Carl Ervin, and Keith Alan. The family lived in several homes in Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Texas. After retiring from Shell, Alan and Arlene bought a farm near Montevallo, Mo., where they lived for more than 20 years, often spending winters at their lake house in Livingston, Texas. 

During this time, Alan worked as a pipeline inspector and ran a small trucking operation. In 2011 Alan and Arlene moved to Nixa, Mo.  

Alan was a member of Countryside Christian Church in Nixa, Mo., and Nixa Memorial Post 434 of the American Legion. 

Alan is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Kenneth Arnold of San Rafael, Calif., Carl Arnold and his wife Kristy of Vernon County, Mo., and Keith Arnold of League City, Texas; granddaughter, Joanna Arnold of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Ruth Barnard of Cebu City, Phillipine Islands; brother, Herman Arnold of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Sherry Miller of Fayetteville, Ark.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Cletis and Anna Arnold of LaGrange, Wyo.; brother, Dewey Arnold of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and sister, Wilda Taylor of Tulsa, Okla. 

Visitation was at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Countryside Christian Church, Nixa, Mo. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the church with Reverend Rodney McCann officiating, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Interment was at 2 p.m. the same day at Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital at


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