November 10, 2005

(7/30/1911 – 10/21/2005)

Clayton A. “Slim” Arnold, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, IA, died October 21, 2005, at Arbor Court in Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Clayton August “Slim” Arnold was born July 30, 1911, in Gorin, Scotland County, MO, the son of Carl August “Gus” and Martha (Dye) Arnold.

On August 8, 1932, in Memphis, MO, Slim was united in marriage to Edna Fay Osbon. Mrs. Arnold died September 24, 1987, in Burlington, IA.

Slim farmed in Missouri during the Great Depression. In 1943, he moved to Burlington, IA, to work in the railroad shop. He returned to farming when he moved southwest of Mt. Pleasant, IA. Clayton then took a position with Henry County operating a road grader. Slim then moved into Mt. Pleasant, IA, and continued his employment with the county until his retirement in 1976. Following his retirement, Slim drove and delivered auction cars for Paul Boles and Jim Cordes. He also delivered bread for Colonial Bakery. He loved to travel with his wife, Edna and to mow his acreage. Slim also held a special place in his heart for his trips to “the boat”, where he would meet up with his friends.

He is survived by a son and his wife, Jimmie and Cora Arnold of Mt. Pleasant, IA; two daughters, Vada Graber and Ila Allender and her husband, Wesley, all of Mt. Pleasant, IA; 11 grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife; two sons, David and Roger Arnold, two brothers, Charles and Wilbur Arnold, a grandson, Greg Graber and a granddaughter, Lisa Hall preceded him in death.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the activity department at Arbor Court.

Funeral services were held on October 24, 2005, at the Weir and Kimzey Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, IA, with the Rev. Hank Ledbetter officiating. Karen Doubleday was organist, and Mark Williams, vocalist. Honorary casket bearers were Wesley Allender, Robert Gibson, Jake Shafer, Francis Smith, Russell Ross, Bud Crawford, Wendell Woodsmall, Jim Hatch, Wilmer Cox, Merlin Williams, and Melvin Roth. Casket bearers were Garry Allender, Jimmie Arnold, Jeff Graber, Michael Allender, Steve Arnold, and Alvin Staten. Interment was in the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, IA.

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