Dec. 5, 1917 - Sept. 8, 20
Arnold E. Jones, 92, of Rancho Villa, died Sept. 8, 2011, at home surrounded by family and friends.
Arnold was born Dec. 5, 1917, in Dover, Ark., to Floyd and Minnie Sinclair Jones. He was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
Arnold left Arkansas during the Depression at the age of 14 to work in his uncle's donut shop in Southern California. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 on the MS Japara.
He came to Walla Walla where he has lived and worked. He built homes in the Walla Walla area. He founded and built by himself the Rancho Villa Manufactured Housing Community and Mini Storage Facility. Arnold has always been a hard worker and a visionary businessman.
Arnold was a lifetime member of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge #287. Arnold loved the outdoors, especially boating, fishing and RVing. He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with friends.
Arnold is survived by one daughter, Janet Shively and husband Bob; two stepsons, Bob and Dick Smith; three grandchildren, Kris Gooding and husband Jeff, Rob Shively, Tyson Basel and wife Kristin; four great-grandchildren, Kayla Shively, Erica Gooding, Baker and Brooklyn Basel. Arnold leaves several nieces and nephews. Arnold loved children and was a grandfather figure to many.
Arnold spent the past several years with his very special companion, Barbara Stewart. They enjoyed traveling and being together.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept.15, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church with Rev. Joel Ley officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, Garden of the Good Shepherd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, Walla Walla Community Hospice or the Christ Lutheran Church through the funeral home. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.net.