Eugene William Arnold Sr. was born on January 11, 1931, in Long Prairie, Minnesota to Frank and Frances (Spieker) Arnold. He attended school in Long Prairie and helped his father farm. He enlisted in the United States Army in January of 1953 until December of 1954. He served overseas and was stationed in France. He returned home and attended Barber School and made his home in Alexandria.
Eugene was united in marriage to Wanda Weishair. The couple was blessed with two children, Eugene Jr and Lori. He did apprentice work for Frank Nelson and then opened his own barber shop “Gene’s Barber Shop” and retired in 1986.
Eugene loved hunting, fishing and cutting trees. He loved giving away fish and would even bring fish to the convent in Little Falls.
Eugene died on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 88. He is survived by his son, Eugene (Ann) Arnold Jr.; daughter, Lori (Charles) Smith; grandchildren, Justin (Christa) Jones, Brandon Jones, Allison (Ryan) Kuhlman, Brooke Arnold, Luke (Jalen Jimenez) Arnold; great-grandchildren, Caden, Jace, Rogen, Riggs; brother, Edward (Peggy) Arnold; sister, Leona Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. Eugene is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; parents, Frank and Frances; and many brothers and sisters.
A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.