Arnold Dwight Curry was born on December 14, 1935 to Luther and Inez Curry in Cabool, Missouri. He went to be with his Lord and Savior, family and friends who have gone on before on February 13, 2020 at the age of 84.
Arnold attended Cabool schools and upon graduation in 1954, joined the Air Force, serving as a hydraulic mechanic, working on F86 Super Sabre airplanes in Libya, North Africa. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
In 1957 Arnold and Wanda Russell were united in marriage and to this union three children were born, Diane, Machelle and Bradley Dwight. Some years later this union was dissolved.
Later, while doing maintenance work in Rhode Island, Arnold met Berni Hemrich where she was the start-up manager for the Newport Rhode Island Star Clipper, a dinner-tourist train. They were united in marriage on September 9, 1989 and had been married 30 years. Berni had two daughters, Debra and Deana Hemrich, whom he accepted and loved as his own.
Upon his return from the service, Arnold held several jobs, the Ford garage in Cabool, McDonald Aircraft in St. Louis, and then back to Cabool working on the Frisco Railroad with his dad until Tamper Corporation hired him as a salesman in Lima, Peru. Returning home, he worked in maintenance for the Illinois Central of Fulton, Kentucky, and as maintenance supervisor for Burlington Northern in Waterloo, Iowa. He started his own company, ADC Railroad Track Maintenance, which took him to Rhode Island, where he met Berni, and also to Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky. He then semi-retired.
Coming out of retirement, he and Berni moved to California and for ten years Arnold did contract work which took him to Mexico, Canada, Oklahoma, Texas and North Dakota. He also spent one year in Puerto Rico, retired again, came home and moved to Belton, Texas. But he was in such great demand and with his passion for railroading, he contracted out as a maintenance operator on tampers for another two years. He retired at 82 years old, only after he had a stroke. It is said that if asked “Where have you been,” he would say, “ I’ve been everywhere.”
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Bob Adkison.
He is survived by his loving wife, Berni and her daughters, Debra and Deana; daughters Diane and husband LeRoy Leggett and family and Machelle Kleinmeyer and family; son, Bradley and family; two brothers, Donald and family and Larry and family; two sisters, Edna Richardson and husband Harry and family and Mable Adkison and family; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, all very special to Arnold.
Arnold was a kind, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His memory will be kept in the hearts of those who knew him for those we love can never be more than a thought away.
Memorial services are scheduled for June 20, 2020 at Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor David Carroll officiating.