Gene Arnold went to the light at his home in Del City, Oklahoma early Sunday morning, March 28, 2021. No memorial services are planned. Cremation will be under the direction of Turner Funeral Home in Hinton, Oklahoma.
Eugene Floyd Arnold was born on March 8, 1935 at Geary, Oklahoma. He is the son of Andrew Jackson (A. J.) and Mildred Cruthers Arnold. He graduated from Hinton High School, Hinton, Oklahoma, in 1953, and attended SWOSU in Weatherford. He was married to Melba Gene Stas June 7, 1953 at the bride’s home near Geary, Oklahoma. Gene spent most of his life working on things; this began with his Dad, who was the shop foreman at the Ford Garage in Hinton, Oklahoma. His first job was cleaning the restrooms for 10 cents a day. After graduation and marriage, he worked as a mechanic at Hinton and Watonga, Oklahoma. If something needed fixing, he would tinker with it until he figured it out. He decided to continue his education and graduated from Oklahoma State University with an Electrical Engineering Degree. He worked for a short time in California and retired from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City after over 30 years followed by several years as a defense contractor. He was a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Professional Engineers. After retiring, they followed their favorite bluegrass bands with Gene filming the shows. He was also a member of Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society in Del City, OK, a lifetime member of the NRA, and the National Association of Retired Employees. He enjoyed cars, collecting all different things, waterskiing, and traveling.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, A.J. and Mildred Arnold.
He is survived by his wife, Melba Gene (Stas) Arnold, and four children: Craig Arnold and his wife, Karen, of Choctaw, OK; Teri Arnold of Del City, OK, Lesli Clements and husband, Donnie, of Del City, OK and Neil Arnold of Del City. Grandchildren are Troy Bradstreet Jr., Cassandra Dansby and husband, Kevin, Amber Arnold, Craig Arnold Jr. and Kara Sanchez and seven great-grandchildren, his sister, Carolyn Bench, and husband, Joe, of Calvin, OK, several nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Donations may be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), 825 NE 13th ST., OKC, OK, 73104.
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