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Idaho State Journal, 08/26/08
MONTPELIER - Elwood Oscar Arnell, 86, died Sunday, 24 August, 2008, at Bear Lake Memorial
Hospital. He was born 4 April, 1922, in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, to Swan Oscar Arnell and
Mary Leona Lindsay. He was the oldest of four children. He has one sister, Lillian (Frank
Bolton), and two brothers, Lund (Dorothy Miller), and Bruce (Martha Oliphant). He was
raised on a farm in Dingle, Idaho, where he also attended grade school, and then attended
high school in Montpelier, graduating from Montpelier High School in 1941.
In 1941, he met and courted his sweetheart, LaVon Dimick. They were married 8 December,
1943, in the Logan LDS Temple. Just one month later Elwood entered military Service, 7
January, 1944, where he served in the European Theater-Italy and Greece, with the 803rd
Military Battalion for 20 months, as a provost, sergeant. He was released from military
duty 11 March, 1946.
Elwood worked at Nielsen Furniture Co., and then for the Union Pacific Railroad as a
car inspector until retirement,
Elwood was a very hardworking, physically active man with a love for life. He had a
great love of farming, gardening and growing flowers. He had a wonderful green thumb and
knowledge of growing many things. He also loved animals and taught his children to be
loving and respectful of all living things. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and
camping and being a campground host in the St. Charles and Immigration Campgrounds for a
number of years.
He was an active member of the LDS Church, where he served in many positions over the
years, including 20 years as an officiator and sealer in the Logan LDS Temple.
Elwood is survived by his four children, Terry Lynn Glenn (Ron), Linda Lee Crane
(Scott), Shirla Ann Bruce (James), and son, ElRoy Arnell. He has 21 grandchildren and 33
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Lund, his wife,
LaVon, and two grandsons.
Funeral services will be held 29 August, 2008, in the Montpelier First and Fourth Ward
Chapel. The viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the chapel prior to services.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be in the Montpelier
Cemetery, with services under the direction of Matthews Mortuary.
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