Arnold Vincent 'Vad' Vadney, 84, of Altus, passed away suddenly at his Altus home Friday afternoon, Feb. 7, 2014.
Mr. Vadney was born in Boston, Mass. on March 21, 1929, to Roy Franklin and Mary Alice (LeForte) Vadney. After graduating High School in Dorchester, Mass., 'Vad' worked numerous jobs including The Dorchester Theater and Royal Machine & Die Company, et. al. In September of 1950, 'Vad' joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country for over 20 years. On April 14, 1956, he married the love of his life, Beverly Sue Allbright of Marked Tree, Ark., and they spent the next 50 wonderful years together before her death on July 28, 2006 in Altus. This union was blessed with four children, two daughters and two sons. Their military years included assignments at Norton AFB, California, Rhein-Main AFB, Germany, Warner-Robins AFB, Georgia, Dyess AFB, Texas before retiring on June 30, 1971, having attained rank of Master Sergeant, from Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. A proud American, 'Vad' served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. After his retirement, he worked for the New York Air Brake Company of Little Rock as the Plant and later Regional Manager. After moving to Altus in May of 2006, 'Vad' was very involved in the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is remembered as a 'jack of all trades', a Patriot, and a beloved grandfather. Known locally as 'Poptart', 'Vad' never met a stranger and always had a smile for all those whose paths he crossed.
'Vad' was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Barbara Maxwell; a grandson, Timothy Sellers; and four brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by three children, Glenn Vadney and wife Christel of Fallon, Nev., Mark Vadney and wife Karri of Altus, and Crystal Vadney of Chippewa Falls, Wisc.; a son-in-law, John Maxwell of Gainesville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Millie LaFort and husband Michael of Jacksonville, Fla., Myra McCarthy and husband Jerry of Ocalla, Fla., and Marie Vadney of Jacksonville; along with many other friends and relatives.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at 6 p.m. today at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home with viewing and visitation to follow. Funeral Mass with be 3 p.m., Wednesday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved 'Bev'. He will be sorely missed. Services have been entrusted to Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus.
Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com