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Dorrance Arnold
November 18, 1933 - January 26, 2018


Dorrance Elmer Arnold, 84, of Oelwein passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a military service at 7:00 pm led by American Legion Ross Reid post #9. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Ray Atwood officiating.  A memorial has been established for the American Heart Association.

Dorrance was born on November 18, 1933 in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Charles and Anne (Warner) Arnold.  He graduated from Manchester High School in 1951. He entered the U. S. Army under the Selective Service in February of 1956.  On November 21, 1959 he was united in marriage to Jean Steils at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup, Iowa. Dorrance was a machinist for over thirty years with the Chicago Great Western Railroad and later the Union Pacific Railroad.  He enjoyed the great outdoors, cutting wood, hunting deer and turkey, and trout fishing.  His greatest enjoyment came from time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  They will dearly miss him

Dorrance is survived by his wife, Jean; a son, Kevin (Kerry) Arnold of Johnson Creek, Wisconsin; a daughter Deb (Randy) Ralston of Fairfax, Iowa; three grandchildren, Bryan (Alli) Arnold, Tyler (Kristi Elles) Arnold and Ashley (Loren) Lehman; three great grandchildren, Vivienne Arnold, Leo Arnold and Aubrey Lehman; a brother, Dean (Elsie) Arnold of Lansing Michigan and a sister, Doreen Renfrow of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Anne; two brothers, Kenneth “Bud” and Dale Arnold; three sisters Charlene (in infancy), Betty and Marjorie and a granddaughter, Lindsay Arnold. 


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GEORGE AND LINDA WHALEN on February 5, 2018 at 2:29 PM said:

Pamela Arnold on January 31, 2018 at 7:26 PM said:

Jean and family, please accept my sincere condolences. I pray you will be covered by the mercy and grace of our Lord. Love Pam
Dan and Toni Zastrow on January 31, 2018 at 3:39 PM said:

Please except our sympathies in the loss of you father. our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Laura Schoonover on January 30, 2018 at 12:39 PM said:

So very sorry for your loss! Lots of prayers for comfort sent for you and all of your family during this hard time!
Steve Alvarado & Norma Mayans Family on January 30, 2018 at 7:11 AM said:

Our deepest condolences to the Family, so sorry May the God Lord give you strength and peace knowing that he is in his glory with the lord..
Lyle & Nancy Miller on January 30, 2018 at 5:53 AM said:

Our sincere condolences to the family. Great guy & he'll be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.
Susan Bauer on January 29, 2018 at 5:47 PM said:

My sincerest condolences in the loss of a wonderful and fun loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa and great grandpa. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the days and weeks ahead. Draw close to God for He will comfort you, fill you with peace, and give you strength.

Isaiah 46:4 "I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you."
Kelly McConaughy DeVore & family on January 29, 2018 at 5:20 PM said:

So very sorry to hear of the loss of your father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather. Many prayers of peace and rest at this most challenging time.
Bob and Carol Lehman on January 29, 2018 at 3:57 PM said:

We will always remember Dorrance's smiles at Loren, Ashley and Aubrey's home.

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