Merle Homer Arnold, Jr.
Born in Berthold, North Dakota on September 14, 1917. He passed away on May 7, 2018 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. His family left North Dakota for Nebraska when Merle was very young, and he was essentially raised in northeast Nebraska on various ranches. Sometime after high school, he joined the army and was posted to Hawaii on March 1, 1940 when he was twenty-two years old. Upon arrival he learned that he was to be stationed at Hickam Field. It was there that he found himself on the morning of Dec. 7th, 1941. He married Rose Kwai Lan Lum on January 5, 1943 who predeceased him on Nov. 30, 2009. He is survived by his three children: Patricia Ann Cantrell (husband James Cantrell) of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Merle Homer Arnold III (partner Daniel Dickey) of Santa Rosa Valley, CA; and Thomas Anthony Arnold of Kailua, Hawaii. In addition to his children, he is survived by his brother Robert Arnold of Colorado. He is also survived by a grand- daughter, Kimberly Cantrell Hanks, and two great grandsons, Trent J. Hanks and Travis J. Hanks, all of Texas. Merle had been a resident of Wilson Care Home since Dec. 31, 2015. A Memorial Mass will be held for him at St. John Vianney's in Kailua on Sept. 6, 2018 at 11 AM with inurnment to follow at Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery. Arrangements Provided By: Ultimate Cremation Services LLC
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