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RICHARD "DICK" ALLEN ARNST July 9, 1934 --- July 21, 2017 Dick Arnst, age 83, passed away July 21, 2017 at his home in Kennewick from metastasized leukemia and esophageal cancer which had spread throughout his body this spring after a period of remission for three years since surgery at Univ. of Washington Medical Center in 2014. Present with Dick at his passing was the love of his life, wife Margaret "Maggie", and his daughter Lisa Miller of Kennewick. Dick was born in Billings, Montana July 9, 1934, the youngest son of George and Mary Arnst. At seven months, Dick and the family moved to Ritzville, WA where he attended elementary school and high school. In 1950 the family moved to Kennewick where Dick attended Kennewick High and graduated in June 1953. In October 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea as a truck and equipment driver. He was discharged from the Army in March 1957. After leaving the Army, Dick and his older brother Don moved to California where Dick assembled motors for Adel Precision Products in Burbank, California. On a visit home to Kenne-wick, Dick met, Margaret Kuntz, on a blind date, they fell in love and married on December 5, 1957. Margaret has been and is his loving and faithful wife for over 59 years. Dick worked at the Hanford Project from 1963 until 1993 when he retired. He worked for several companies including McDonald Douglas, United Nuclear, Exxon Nuclear, Siemens, and Areva. He was an air balance technician processing nuclear materials. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1992 and treated for the cancer with regular trips to Seattle. The condition remained in remission until 2013 when doctors discovered esophageal cancer for which he received chemo, radiation and ultimately a very complicated surgery at UW Medical Center. The surgery in 2014 was successful giving Dick and Margaret three more wonderful years of life together until the cancer returned this spring. Dick and Margaret were longtime Lutheran church members at Ascension Lutheran Church, then Lord of Life Lutheran Church before moving to Richland Lutheran Church in 2009. Dick and Margaret made many friends at church due to their gentle, loving and friendly Christian personalities. Dick loved Bible study classes, men's spiritual retreats and was a loyal member of men's ministry activities at RLC. Dick and Maggie loved their family home of 56 years where they raised their two children, Lisa and Doug, and enjoyed their yard, the garden and many flowers. Dick loved camping with his family, fishing and was especially proud of his three grandchildren. When his pastor was asked what was Dick like? Pastor said Dick was just a "sweet" man. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Arnst, his brother and sister-in-law Don and Ann Arnst. He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Lisa (David) Miller of Kennewick, son Douglas (Wendy) Arnst of Bothel, and his three loving grandchildren Sarah Miller, Aaron Miller and Lian Arnst. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation for the caring Professional Care Management nurses who attended Dick as well as the Chaplaincy in-home Hospice nurses. Internment graveside is at Desert Lawn cemetary in Kennewick at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, July 27. Memorial service for Dick will be August 11 at 2 p.m. at Richland Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Richland Lutheran Church and/or United Gospel Mission.
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Published in Tri-City Herald on July 26, 2017