Bernard “Butch” Arnold

Bernard “Butch” Arnold

Stoughton- Bernard “Butch” A. Arnold, age 90, passed away peacefully at his home on July 12, 2014 with his loving family by his side following a brief illness.

Butch was born on July 7, 1924 in New Glarus and grew up in the Rockdale area, where he went to school and worked the family farm. Butch served his country in the Air Force during WWII as a tail gunner on 26 combat missions, where he earned a Purple Heart. Following his Honorable discharge he married Shirley Jacobson on July 30, 1945 and they celebrated 69 wonderful years of marriage. Together they spent most of their years in Stoughton where Butch was an electrician for over 60 years operating his own electrical business. He had a wonderful way of meeting someone and getting to know them quickly.

Butch met many friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, including special friends Dan Call and his best canine buddy Pogo. Butch also enjoyed country and Swiss music and liked to Yodel. He also enjoyed fishing, meat raffles, gardening, telling jokes, and was well known for his sense of humor. Butch was loved by many and will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley; children, Bruce (Jill) Arnold of Edgerton, Bonnie (Lary) Arn of Florida, Debi Lehman of Edgerton, and Shane Arnold of Edgerton; son-in-law, Ken Olsen of Janesville; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one great great grandchild. Butch was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sharon Olsen; two brothers; and one sister.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Cress Funeral Home in Stoughton. Burial, with Military honors, will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon, following the burial, at the Stoughton VFW Post 328. Friends may greet the family from 11:30 AM until the time of services Sunday. Please share your memories.

Cress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608) 873-9244