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LAMAR-Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lamar United Methodist Church for Robert Wayne Arnold, 64, Lamar, who died Saturday evening, May 24, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home.


In lieu of a formal visitation, the family will welcome friends at the Arnold home.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar United Methodist Church, to be used for sound equipment.


Condolences may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.


Survivors include his wife, Donna Westbay; two daughters, Jennifer Joy “J.J.” Shaw and husband Steven, Lamar and Julie Kay Maskus and husband Justin, Joplin; a son, Jonathan Robert Arnold and wife Elizabeth, Puyallup, Wash.; three grandson, Noah, Blaine and Trey Shaw and a brother, Steve Arnold and wife Deanna, Waco, Mo.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Yippie and Gracie, and a nephew, Gregory Scott Arnold.


Mr. Arnold was born Jan. 14, 1950, at Lamar, to Clarence, Jr. “Yippie” and Grace (Martin) Arnold. After graduating from Lamar High School in 1968, he earned a BS in Business from SMS in Springfield. He was the Human Resource Specialist at Thorco Industries for 33 years.


A faithful member and tireless worker at Lamar United Methodist Church, he was active in Methodist Men and Genesis Sunday school class, served on trustee and worship committees, was a volunteer bus driver and the sound technician for every service and special event. He took pride in his yard and was an avid gardener. He enjoyed photography, music and computer games and was a dedicated Royals and Chiefs fan. His greatest pleasure came from time spent with family and the fellowship of many good friends. He will be remembered with a smile for his quick wit and sense of humor.


He married Donna Westbay on Aug. 28, 1971, at Lamar.


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