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Joseph Ray Arnold


1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Joseph Ray Arnold Obituary
Joseph Ray Arnold, Sr. joined his beloved wife Jane in the Beyond Country (as he termed it) on June 24, 2017. Joe was a resident of the Good Samaritan Village, Estes Park, Colorado. Joe was born to Joseph and Delma Harvey Arnold on July 22, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia. His family moved to Kitzmiller, Maryland a year later where he spent his youth. He attended college at Washington College on Maryland's Eastern Shore and later earned a Masters Degree from West Virginia University. In 1945 he moved to Boonsboro, Maryland where he began a 35 year career teaching History and Civics at Boonsboro High School. There he met Jane Kottler who was also a teacher at Boonsboro High. They married September 3, 1948. The couple had two children: Jan and Joe Jr. (Joey). Joe was a much-loved teacher. He strove to combine humor along with educating his students. Occasionally he would take a few moments off from the lesson plan to tell outlandish tall tales of his "Uncle's Farm," in Garrett County, Maryland and on St. Patrick's Day he would sing Irish songs to the students while weaving in the history of the Irish people into his lecture. Joe did these diversions as a way to make the learning environment more fun and thereby more productive. When he turned 90 he received over 400 birthday cards from former students. In the summers, Joe was deputy director at Camp Lakewood at Terra Alta, West Virginia where he also supervised the softball program. Joe and Jane bought a cabin on Lake Terra Alta which they much loved. Jane loved to sit on the porch and read books, while Joe loved to listen to baseball games on the radio. Joe was a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan. He was well known for always wearing his red Cardinals jacket and for telling baseball stories. Joe also loved harmony and sang tenor in many barbershop quartets and choruses for over 60 years. After retirement, Joe and Jane often visited their son Joey in Estes Park and in 1992, they moved to Pinewood Springs. However, they retained their cabin in West Virginia and returned every year for a summer or fall retreat. Later they moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Estes Park. Joe will be missed for his good humor and quick wit and for his ability to make people feel good about themselves. He is survived by his daughter Jan Arnold Warner of Hagerstown, Maryland; his son, Joe Arnold, Jr. of Estes Park, Colorado; and grandson, Justin Warner of Brooklyn, New York. A Celebration of Life will be held at the United Methodist Church of Estes Park, on Saturday, July 8 at 2:00 and at a date to be determined in Boonsboro, Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made in Joe's memory to the United Methodist Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Joe's family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on June 30, 2017
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