Arnold Herbert Wahl passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2012.
Arnold was born on Aug. 30, 1925, to Bennie and Margaret Wahl in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. When Arnold was 12 they moved to White Rock, BC, and at 15 they went to the US and made their home in Anacortes.
Arnold attended school in Anacortes and when WWII broke out, he left school and joined the U.S. Army at 17. After boot camp, he headed for Europe, where he spent over three years.
He fought in three major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge under Gen. Patton.
Arnold was very proud of his service to the United States and he received his US Citizenship after his service.
When Arnold came home to Anacortes he married his sweetheart Maxine Marrs on Aug. 17, 1946, they made their home and raised their family in Anacortes.
Arnold went to heavy equipment operators school in Chicago in 1949 worked for the Anacortes Street Dept. until retirement in 1983. Arnold also spent 30 years in the Washington State National Guard, retiring as Master Sergeant.
After retirement Arnold and Maxine sold their home, moved to Concrete and spent 17 wonderful years on the Skagit River. This was a favorite gathering spot for family and friends.
In September of 2001 they returned to Anacortes because Maxine’s health was failing and Arnold lost his sweetheart in April of 2008.
Preceding Arnold in death are his wife Maxine, parents, brothers: Ronnie and Mickey Wahl, sister Arlene Hamilton and sons Jeffory, Greg and Gordon Wahl.
Arnold is survived by sister Ramona Holiday; brother Kenny Wahl; daughters Dena (Bill) Larson and Connie (Mike) Winterowd; daughter-in-law Mona (Terry) Myers of Anacortes; 7 grandchildren, Paul Randall, Chace Larson, Jedd (Noel) Larson, Jason (Polly) Myers, Kimberly Solberg, Jolynn (Darin) Rice, Kristin (Derek) Adams; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
It was Arnold’s wish to have no formal memorial services.
There will be a private graveside service for family at a later date.
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