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Wayne Arnold

August 28, 1922 — March 25, 2016

Wayne E. "Pinky" Arnold, 93, of Chillicothe passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center in Henry.

Wayne was born on August 28, 1922 in La Rose to Bessie McFarlan and Asher Arnold. He married Elizabeth L. "Betty" Hyde on September 7, 1947 in Joliet. She preceded him in death on June 8, 2004.

Surviving are: two sons, Gene (Vera) Arnold of Oswego, and Chuck (Pam) Arnold of Mechanicsburg, PA; one daughter, Martha "Martee" (Tony) Lew of Chillicothe; twelve grandchildren, Katherine, Daniel, Heidi, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Eric, Joshua, Zachary, Hannah, James, Patricia, and Daisy; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Newman of Chillicothe; and two sisters-in-law, Ann Arnold of New Baltimore, MI and Barbara Arnold of Chillicothe.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Janet Fritz; and two brothers, Asher Arnold Jr., and Alan Arnold.

Wayne was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and WWII.

He previously worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and was a teacher at Princeville School District for 25 years.

Wayne was a member of The Chillicothe Optimist Club and Chillicothe First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Methodist Men's group and choir. He volunteered at Methodist Hospital. While in high school, Wayne led a band called, "Pinky's Dance Band." Later, he joined and sang in a barbershop quartet.

A funeral will be held for Wayne at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Chillicothe First United Methodist Church. Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation the night before from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Ron Martz will officiate. Memorials may be made in Wayne's honor to the Chillicothe Optimist Club and the Chillicothe First United Methodist Church.

Wayne's online memorial may be viewed at


APR 1. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)

Weber-Hurd Funeral Home
1107 North Fourth Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523


APR 2. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

First United Methodist Church
1023 North Sixth Street
Chillicothe, 61523

Funeral Ceremony

APR 2. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)

First United Methodist Church
1023 North Sixth Street
Chillicothe, 61523

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