LTCDR Robert Elton Arnold |
LTCDR Robert Elton Arnold passed away peacefully in the company of his family at the West Palm Beach, VA hospital on February 19th, 2014. "Bob" as he was known was born in Wadsworth, Ohio on December 22, 1925 and grew up in Copley, Ohio on his family's apple orchard. He was a child of the depression and upon graduating high school in 1943 he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During World War II he served on a Landing Ship Tank (LST220) in the Pacific Theatre. Bob was especially proud of his involvement in the landings on Guam and Saipan and later the occupation of Japan. After the war he finished a college degree in engineering at Dennison University in 1949. Immediately, he was commissioned an officer in the USNR. While stationed in Hawaii, that year, he met and married his one wife of 43 years, Alberta Janet Soares-Machado of Honolulu.
In 1950, he was called to duty in the Korean conflict where he served with the Pacific, First Fleet Marine, First Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, attached to the U.S. Marine Corps. In all he served 10 years active duty, in two wars, before returning home to the mainland to raise his family of four children with his wife Alberta. Continuing his education, he completed graduate studies in physics and amphibious warfare. Bob worked as an electronic and manufacturing engineer at Goodyear Aerospace, RCA Corporation and Northern Telecom before retiring in 1987. During his civilian employment, he continued service in the U.S. Naval Reserve completing a combined total of 28 years of service.
Bob moved to North Palm Beach, Florida with his family in 1965 and lived in the same home for the last 48 years. He enjoyed a simple life. He was an avid reader of military history and politics. He enjoyed the pastimes of Ham Radio (W4JOO), boating, fishing and shooting sports. He could fix anything and collected everything! Known for his tolerance, he was baptized a Methodist, but enjoyed services over the years at Saint Claire's Catholic Church and the 13th street congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
After the death of his beloved wife, Alberta, in 1995, he dedicated his free time to volunteering at the then new West Palm Beach, VA Medical Center; earning many plaques for his thousands of hours of service. He also belonged to many veterans' organizations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Delyle Carey and Elton Guy Arnold. He leaves four devoted children, Roberta Lynn Jones, Cynthia Ann Black, Kathleen Marie Mayer and Thomas Paul Arnold; as well as 11 grandsons and four great- grandchildren.
To honor or remember him, give in his memory, your time and effort, to the cause of your choice.
A Memorial Service honoring his VA volunteer service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Chapel, 7305 N. Military Trail, Riviera Beach, FL 33410.
Interment with Military Honors will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at South Florida National, 6501 South State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL 33449. ARRANGEMENTS ARE ENTRUSTED TO PALM BEACH NATIONAL CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, LAKE WORTH, FL. Online condolences may be expressed at www.palmbeachnationalchapel.com
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 25, 2014