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Robert Lee "Bob" Arnold III, age 88, Joplin, Mo., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Mercy of Joplin.
Bob was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Joplin, son of the late Robert Lee Arnold Jr. and Florence Troutman Arnold. Bob graduated from Joplin High School in 1950 and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict with the Chemical Battalion Corp. He returned to Joplin where he worked as an industrial pattern maker for Missouri Steel, Floyd Wade Pattern Shop, and also for North American Foundry, in Fort Smith, Ark., before retiring and returning to Joplin.
Bob married Medora Williams on May 30, 1953, in Joplin. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2002.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Wilma, Mayla, and Elizabeth.
Bob sang with the Joplin City Choir for many years and also in his church's choir at Bethany Presbyterian Church. He was an avid painter and also enjoyed woodworking. Bob remained very active following his retirement, spending time with his 1950 classmates, volunteering at the Joplin Library, and taking long drives to nearby towns to try local restaurants. He was the Missouri Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He will be greatly missed by many people.
Survivors include his children, Matt Arnold and wife, Eliseia, of Rogers, Ark., and Rebecca Arnold, of San Diego, Calif.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Parker Mortuary Chapel.
Published on February 27, 2018
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