C. Robert "Bob" Arnold
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79, of Wadsworth, formerly of Rittman, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. He was born Jan. 21, 1934 in Canton to Dode and Katherine (Karns) Arnold and lived most of his life in the Rittman/Wadsworth area. He graduated from Canton Lehman High School in the class of 1952 and was named Stark County Most Valuable Football Player and First Team All Ohio Halfback. After graduating high school, Bob attended Michigan State University where he played college football. He graduated from Kent State University in 1959. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956 where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He married Joleaine Morledge in 1955, she preceded him in death in 1988. Bob worked for Ohio Injector Company in Wadsworth as the Controller and Assistant Treasurer for ten years and also worked for Akron General Medical Center as Sr. Vice President and CFO for 28 years until retiring in 1999. He served on the Board of Directors for Healthcare Financial Management, Finance Committees for Voluntary Hospitals of America; Akron Hospital Association; and Stan Hywet. He also served on the Board of Directors for Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Foundation, United Way of Summit County Budget Committee and in 1981 received the William G. Follmer Merit Award for outstanding service in chapter activities. Bob was also a member of the Milton Presbyterian Church in Rittman.
Surviving are children, Kim (Rick) Adams of Seville, Terri Arnold Penrose of Wadsworth, Robert (Trudy) Arnold of Rittman and Michael (Cheryl) Arnold of Wadsworth; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, David Arnold of Canton; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, William Arnold and Dwight Arnold.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Milton Presbyterian Church, 250 North St., Rittman with Rev. Alex Barnes and Rev. Dr. Richard Lapehn officiating. Burial will be at Rittman Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Dr., Rittman. For online register book, obituary, condolences, visit www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.Memorial contributions may be made to Milton Presbyterian Church, 250 N. St., Rittman, OH 44270 or Akron General Development Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307.
Gillman Funeral Home - Rittman
360 W. Sunset Dr. P. O. Box 81 Rittman, OH 44270
Published in The Repository on Jan. 17, 2014