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Fred A. ARNOLD

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ARNOLD, Fred A. Mar. 10, 1921 - Oct. 13, 2010 Fred Arnold passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, following an extended illness. Fred was born and lived a short while with his mother, Nellie, and dad, Berlin (Burly) Arnold, in Baxter, Tennessee. Following the untimely death of his young father, Nellie returned with her boys to her hometown of Wartrace, Tennessee, where she later married Reuben Arnold. Upon graduation from high school, Fred hitch-hiked to California. Over time, his other brothers followed him to California. World War II saw Fred and three other brothers in the Army Air Corps. Fred became a side gunner on B-29's and was scheduled to go to the Far East when a serious automobile accident took place in Texas. By the time Fred recovered from that accident the war was over. Fred often said that the accident might have saved his life because most of his outfit was shot down over Japan.
After the war, Fred and his oldest brother, Melbourne, constructed a home for themselves on Wonderland Avenue, in Hollywood. Prior to that, in 1948, Fred met his wife-to-be at the Hollywood Palladium. On March 18, 1950, Fred married Madeleine Helen Turner. Working as a team all through 55 years of marriage, Fred and Madeleine developed a very successful construction business, almost all of which was in the field of public works. The business was dissolved in 1986, and they both were able, finally, to do some serious traveling. Fred and Madeleine were very active fund raisers for the Hollywood YMCA where they were also very actively engaged in their own physical fitness. They both used that fitness to become track and field officials. Their specialty eventually became the pole vault event. Fred was the head pole vault official for the 1984 Olympics which were held in Los Angeles. They both were involved in several Olympic Trials. As something of a memorial to his wife, Fred funded the construction of an indoor track for Fresno State University. Finally, Fred loved golf, and he was actually pretty good at the game. Fred's passing was preceded by the passing of two brothers, Bob and Melbourne, and his wife, Madeleine. He is survived by two brothers, Maurice and Cecil, who will miss him. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village, (310) 474-1579
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 21, 2010
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