Gerald “Jerry” Arnhold came into the world on April 25, 1938, and left on December 24, 2016. His parents, Alfred and Regina (Pfeifer) Arnhold, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife Rose, his daughter Cheryl Johnson, his granddaughter Justine and her husband Keegan Begley, his grandson Jason and his granddaughter Jackie. Jerry was so very proud of his great grandson Isaac Begley.
Jerry is survived by two brothers, Fred, his wife Helen and their son Michael and Frank “Buck”, his wife Sherri, their son Paul and his wife Shana and their son Kellan.
Jerry established a high water mark in his advocacy for and defense of the “younger generation”, maintaining they were not only smarter than previous generations but more accepting and broadminded as well.
Jerry had deep roots in Hays, always maintaining that he would never leave and, during his last month of struggle, wanted only one thing—to go home again.
Jerry’s nickname in the oilfield where he worked his entire adult life was Hollywood, a reference to his classy dress and fancy boots. He considered the Golden Cue his “office” following his retirement from Service Acid where he enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He frequented the donut shop to catch up on the news. He loved his dogs Sweetie Pie and Happy, often taking Sweetie Pie for a “donut run”.
Jerry didn’t know a stranger and regardless of where his daughter lived he knew her neighbors better than she did.
Jerry was a tough man with a gentle heart and a generous nature. He loved life, he loved Hays, he loved his family and friends and he loved his precious red truck. He shall be missed.
A Celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th in the Stouffer Lounge in the Memorial Union on Fort Hays State Campus. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Fort Hays Scholarship Fund or the Humane Society of the High Plains.