Joseph P. Arnold
Joseph P. Arnold
Graveside services for Joseph P. Arnold, 78, Lawrence, were Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors were performed by Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion.
Mr. Arnold died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Omaha, Neb., the son of George O. and Ollie (Faulck) Arnold.
He served in the U.S. Army Pacific Campaign during World War II as a field medic and a military policeman. He received two Purple Hearts He also served as a firefighter in Kansas City, Kan., for many years until retiring after an injury. He moved to Lawrence in 1974.
Mr. Arnold was a member of Alford-Clarke Post No. 852 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lawrence; Disabled American Veterans, Dodge City; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas City, Kan.; Heart of America youth sponsors; and AARP. He received a Commendation of Bravery from President Lyndon Johnson, the governors of Kansas and Missouri and the mayors of Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., for his actions during the Southwest Trafficway and warehouse fire during the 1960s.
He married Ruby Francis Starcher in Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include seven daughters, Evelyn B. LawRance and Paula Jo Wagner, both of Lawrence, Sharon L. Cutburth, Springfield, Mo., Frances E. Bousselot, Atlanta, Cathy L. Purcell, Eudora, Mary B. Glenn, Las Vegas, and Sue A. Marshall, DeSoto; two sons, Thomas O. Arnold, Houston, and William J. Arnold, Overland Park; a brother, George A. Arnold, Waco, Texas; a sister, Georgia Lou Johnston, Grandview, Mo.; 25 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or the VFW, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.