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ArnoldMarch 14, 1924 - May 13, 2012 WICHITA, KS Leonard Melvin Arnold, 88, a former Shawnee and Del City resident, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Wichita, Kansas. Leonard was born at Mountain Top, Arkansas, on March 14, 1924, the son of Oscar and Edith Arnold. As a child, he lived in both Arkansas and Oklahoma and was graduated from Asher High School in Asher, Oklahoma. After graduation, he moved to Shawnee and married Nola Beatrice McMahan, of Ozark, Arkansas. They were married in Oklahoma City on April 3, 1952, and were married 57 years until her death in 2009. He worked at the Shawnee Garment Factory for approximately twenty years and then was employed by the Tinker Field Air Force base for 23 years until his retirement in 1988. He was the father of two sons: Roger Wayne Arnold, 59, Wichita, Kansas; and John Alan Arnold, 54, Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Arnold had been a member of the Free Methodist Church in Midwest City and was well-loved by anyone who ever had the privilege of knowing him. He is survived by his two sons, Roger and John; two daughters-in-law, Renee, and Suzanne; five step-grandchildren: Miriam Porter, St. Louis, MO; Ruth Allen, Alexandria, VA; Andrew Gleghorn, Springdale, AR; Lacy Fields, St. Louis, MO; and David Fields, Overland Park, KS; seven step-great-grandchildren: Hannah Allen, St. Louis, MO; Daniel Allen, Alexandria, VA; Robert Gleghorn, Henryetta, OK; Tanner Little, Sallisaw, OK; Ryan, Colton, and Carson Gleghorn, Springdale, AR; and one step-great-great-grandchild, Wesley Allen, St. Louis, MO.Funeral services will be held at the Free Methodist Church, 6500 Reno Avenue, Midwest City, on Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery, Seminole.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 16, 2012
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