Kenneth A. “Kenny” “Grump” Arnold Sr., 64, of Wood River, passed away at 8:39 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at his residence.
He was born on March 7, 1950, in Wood River, the son of the late Wilson and Verline (Bangert) Arnold. Survivors include two daughters, Shelly Arnold of Glen Carbon and Carolyn Kim of North Carolina; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Raymond Patterson of Roxana, Kenny and Kelley Arnold Jr. of Wood River, T.J. Arnold of Roxana; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; eight sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Russell Cain, Janet York, Debbie and Greg Reed, Darlene and Michael O’Day, Marcella Arnold, Annette Graham, Marlene Rowe, Brenda and Richard Nolan; and three brothers, Larry, Melvin, and Kelvin.
Kenny was formerly employed at Walmart for 16 years as a mechanic. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and his grandkids. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jeff Patterson; two grandchildren, Tiffany Butler and Savannah Arnold; a brother, Raymond Arnold; a sister, Diana Coleman; two nieces, Gloria Sparks and Nancy Davis; and his significant other, Sharon Hooper.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at noon Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. The Rev. Leonard Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Riverbend.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.