August 10, 1940 – October 8, 2013
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Lt. Col. Richard William Arnold, Sr. (USAF-Ret.), 73, of Bryan, went to be with his Lord on October 8, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Carter Creek Pkwy in Bryan, Texas.
Dick was born on August 10, 1940, to E. Ray and Betty Arnold in Pulaski, New York. After graduating from high school, he attended Purdue University and entered the United States Air Force as an Airman Basic. During his Air Force career, Dick received his navigator's wings as a commissioned officer, completed pilot training, and received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the State University of New York, master's degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle University, and master's degree in political science from Auburn University.
Dick had a distinguished 26-year career with the United States Air Force as a pilot, flight instructor, and educator. After retiring from the Air Force, Dick and his family moved to Bryan, Texas, where he served as the Associate Director of Aviation for Easterwood Airport and later as an instructor at Blinn College. He received many Air Force awards during his career including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Dick was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Bryan and served as a Deacon and an Elder. He was also involved with the AOPA, serving as the liaison for Coulter Field, and was active in Civil Air Patrol. He followed his life-long passion for aviation and flew his beloved Bonanza at every opportunity. Dick was also a life member of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign War. He also had a love for hunting, shooting, and bowling.
His parents preceded him in death.
Dick leaves behind his loving wife of 47 years, Mary; son, Richard and wife Monique of Corvallis, Ore.; daughter, Katherine and husband Todd Knight of College Station, Texas; brother, Tom Arnold and wife Dottie of Elkhart, Ind.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Victoria, Haley, Kenny, and Jacob; and numerous extended family and beloved friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Carter Creek Pkwy, Bryan, TX 77802 or a
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Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013