The funeral service for Rodney Lee Arnold of New Richland, Minnesota was held 2 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland, MN. Pastor Paul Andree officiated. Interment was in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Rodney died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home. He was 62 years old.
Rodney was born May 20, 1949 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Merton and Ethel (Johnston) Arnold. He was a lifetime New Richland area resident. Rodney married Lois Aldrich on December 27, 1969 in New Richland. Rodney was a self employed Dry Wall installer. He also was a mechanic and worked on cars, tractors and on all types of motors. During the winter Rodney enjoyed plowing snow for his nephew Chris Besser Snow Removal. He also enjoyed restoring classic cars. Every morning he would meet for coffee with his friends at Dad’s Good Stuff in New Richland. During the fall he would help area farmers. Rodney enjoyed going deer hunting with his sons and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. His special companion was his dog Dakota.
Rodney is survived by his wife Lois Arnold of New Richland, Minnesota; sons Jim Arnold of Grand Meadow, MN, John (Ginger) Arnold of West Concord, MN and Rob Arnold and special friend Jessica of Geneva, MN; daughter Tracie Rosacker of New Richland; grandchildren Levi, Dylan, Tiffany, Taylor, Tori, Amber, Mariah, Alexis, Braxton, Nathan, Jessica and Eli; mother Ethel Arnold of New Richland; sister Linda Besser of New Richland; and many nieces and nephews.
Rodney is preceded in death by his father Merton Arnold and brother Gary Arnold.