Richard Lee "Dick"Arndt
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MANSFIELD: Five years ago Richard Arndt was diagnosed with lymphoma. At that time he started wearing a ballcap printed "It's Not About Me" along with a reference to Galatians 2:20. He used that cap as a tool to start conversations, opening up an opportunity to witness about his Christian faith: "I know I'm gonna be healed...if not on this earth, then in heaven."
As faithful as Richard was in his Christian witness, God was more faithful to Richard, calling him from his "earthly tent" to a new body in paradise Saturday evening October 15, 2011 from MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was 81.
Born October 12, 1930 in Monterrey Park, California to George Ives Arndt, Sr. and Blanche Marie Chambers Arndt, Richard was graduated from Lexington High School in 1950. He spent four years with the U.S. Air Force, stationed in England and Greenland with the 26th Rec. Wing maintaining the B-47s.
He had worked more than 36 years with General Motors in the mechanical devices department of the Ontario stamping plant.
A faithful and active member of Berean Baptist Church, he served the congregation as trustee, greeter, volunteered with Berean Gold and was active in the Quest For Truth Sunday school class. Richard preferred to serve behind the scenes at the church. He volunteered, working closely with the building facilities manager - yet he left his mark in nearly every corner of the church building. His love of woodworking and woodcarving placed lecterns, woodwork and a prayer clock throughout the building. In small and often overlooked ways, Richard served the congregation with great love.
A bit on the ornery side, Richard had a great sense of humor, and loved to get a smile out of others.
Richard enjoyed gardening, and raised all of his own vegetables and flowers from seeds. His woodcarvings include intricate duck decoys and other animals, but he preferred carving with a purpose, recently completing a scaled model of Noah's Ark and fragile Cross figures.
He is survived by his devoted wife Anita (Smith) Arndt, whom he married June 12, 1954; their sons and a daughter-in-law Gary Arndt of La Marque, TX, Rich M. & Stella Arndt of Torrance, CA; grandchildren Melanie Arndt, Julie Arndt, Antonio Arndt and Christopher Arndt; and a host of brothers- and sisters-in-Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother George Arndt, Jr.
The Arndt family will receive friends Friday, October 21, 2011 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visiting continues Saturday morning in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a worship service, giving glory to God and thanksgiving for the life of Dick Arndt at 11 a.m. Pastors Jim Berry and Craig Hamm will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veteran's Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.
Contributions in Dick's memory to Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Arndt family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Published in the News Journal from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2011