Alan Harvey Arbeitman
Springfield - Alan Arbeitman passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was 81 years old.
Alan loved to tell a story. In fact, he'd say, "did I ever tell you the story about…?" Chances are you had heard it before, but he just had to tell you one more time. And you would nod and chuckle like it was the first time you heard it because he got such a kick out of telling the story. So did his audience.
Many of Alan's stories involved music and his adventures as a drummer in several bands through the years. He was a talented musician, playing many instruments, but drums were his first love. He also served in the Missouri Air National Guard, playing in their marching band.
He loved golf and most recently told family that his goal every outing was to shoot his age or better, which he did often. Sundays were spent watching whatever golf tournament was on and then rehashing it with friends and family. He was a huge Mizzou football fan and enjoyed bantering with his daughter-in-law (a lifelong OU fan) about who was the better football team: the Tigers or the Sooners. You could also catch him rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Alan was born in Springfield, MO on March 19, 1940. He grew up in Springfield, attending Parkview High School and graduating in its second graduating class in 1958, which he was always proud to mention. He went on to attend Drury University where he earned a triple major in Business Administration, Economics and Sociology, graduating in 1965. After college, Alan moved to St. Louis where he started his business career in the cargo/air freight industry.
In 1972 he met Jolyne, the love of his life. After a whirlwind romance, they married later that year and together raised Nick, Chris and Nathan. The Arbeitmans moved back to Springfield where Alan began working at the family steel business, Fimco Steel Supply. He ran Fimco for decades, eventually handing over the reins to his son Nathan.
In the past decade, Alan and Jolyne enjoyed traveling. One of their favorite destinations was Oklahoma to visit their grandchildren. They also enjoyed "wintering" in Arizona, which they did for many years.
Alan is survived by his loving wife, Jolyne; son Chris and his wife Brook; son Nathan; Richard and Kathy Vairo; grandchildren Brittany and husband Jason Ensley; Austin Sweet; Jacob, Avery and Hattie Arbeitman; great-grandchildren Natalie, Scarlet and Blythe; extended family and friends, some of whom date back to childhood. He is preceded in death by his parents Ben and Fannie Arbeitman, and son Nick Arbeitman.
A graveside service will be held at Temple Israel Cemetery, Monday, April 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Social distancing requested at cemetery and masks required. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Boys and Girls Club, 1300 Boonville, Springfield, MO 65802, or the Temple Israel Foundation, P.O. Box 4284, Springfield, MO 65808.
Published in News-Leader from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2021.