• Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel
    Dayton, OH
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Robert S. Arnold 1936 - 2013

Robert S. Arnold

May 09, 2013
Wish all best--- Daniel A. Trask -2 - 14-1938
March 23, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.Bob was an amazing man with alot of spunk.I got to know him well in just a short time.His faith was like no other and his word was golden im glad i got to work with him on his houses. God must have needed a good carpenter,he got the best.
March 17, 2013
Rob, Tammy, & Renee

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Your parents had an enormous affect on so many of us growing up. I'll always remember your dad, and feel fortunate to have known him.
Greg, Christa & Sam Worrell
March 14, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers go out to your family.
March 14, 2013
Winston Churchill said:
We make a living from what we get
We make a life from what we give
By this standard my parents have lived a full life

My dad was a fixer, always working on something
It's appropriate I was his son because I kept him busy
If you knew dad very well you know he loved to fill in low spots
At his shop, in developments or on the farm he literally smoothed out thousands of loads of dirt

My sister Tammy said one day he came into the office and was rushing around and on his way to his truck she saw him do this skip run thing, he was so excited to get on his dozer and start filling an area in a development.

I was thinking that's sort of a metaphor for how he lived his life. If he saw a low spot or valley in your path he would run to fill it in to try and make your journey a little smoother

I've had this happen to me quite a bit throughout my life and certainly a lot in the last few months:
I would see someone at the grocery, gas station or the office and they would ask about dad, the conversation ends with them saying
Your dad has been like a Father to me, and I usually would respond… me too....no dad also had a good sense of humor so I hope he's up there grinning right now

Really the conversation would end with them saying how dad had inspired or encouraged them to do something. There are many successful people out there that received encouragement from him.
If he knew you he cared about you

I had another person tell me, "your dad has a way of asking you doing ok ? " and you knew it wasn't just a greeting he really wanted to know how you were.

One night I was staying at the hospital with dad. I woke up and heard him moving around. I got up and went and sat on the side of his bed. I ask him if he was feeling ok. He said yes. Then he looked at me and said,” Rob are you doing ok? You look kinda tired.” It was three something I the morning, he was laying there having just had surgery, a broken arm, and cancer spread throughout his body, and his concern is for me.

My other sister Renee said it best, he never complained, he never said why me, he always thanked the doctors and nurses for helping him,

We spent thirty some days at Miami Valley Hospital and were on four different floors. By the end of the stay we had nurses from all floors coming to visit my father in different rooms at Miami Valley and at Hospice.

Somewhere along the way I realized...this is what he's done his whole life
He can make friends anywhere, because he actually cares about people

I have a lot of reasons to be proud of my father, but in the end it's really a simple thing that made him a great man. He loved his family, he loved his friends and country, he led without pretension.

My dad was pretty young by today's standards, and I have to say it's been hard to shake this feeling of being cheated out of time with him. The more time I spent with him during his final days that feeling changed. Instead of being cheated, I had been blessed to have had him in my life for as long as I did.

Dad lived a good life, he was successful in business, he was loved by many, and he spent almost his entire life in love with his soul mate. My parents found each other earlier than most couples. They met in the sixth grade, and after a series of glances, poems, smiles and apparently some school skipping adventures,
Mom just confessed that little beauty lately, the two of them began a life together and after fifty six years of marriage they're still in love.

I know that number well because he said it many times in the hospital. He was proud of his wife and the life they had made together When ever he'd say to me "well mother wants to do it this way" I immediately knew what we were doing.
They had a partnership like none other. He respected her opinion and treated her as his equal.

In the end my father left this world surrounded by family, we had done our best to smooth the road in front of him to complete his journey here on earth and keep him as comfortable as possible.

Our family would like to take this time to thank all of you for the cards thoughts and prayers. To know he was loved by so many is a comfort, he finished his final project, and that is he left the world a better place.

Special Thanks to my nephew, Ryan Burchfield, for leaving D.C. to come help with his grandpa. He kept notes and took every step necessary to help in his care. Thanks to Lilly Arnold and Phylis Brown for all their help during his stay at Miami Valley Hospital. Finally to my dad's three brothers, Wilbert, Marvin and Jerry. You are good brothers, he knew how much you loved him and he loved you.
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