TAHLEQUAH – Duane M. Arnold, Tahlequah resident, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Tahlequah. He was 78 years of age.
A graveside service will be held at Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m., in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home. Viewing will be on Wednesday, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hart Funeral Home.
Duane was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Dighton, Kan., the son of Ralph and Mable (Spier) Arnold. He was a graduate of the Rozel, Kan., High School. He attended college in Garden City, Kan., before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1952.
He graduated from Officers Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga., and served in the Big Red One, First Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kan. He was stationed in Trieste, Italy, Germany, Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam. He served as an advisor to the Philippine Army. Duane served two tours in Vietnam, commanding an infantry company and serving as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. At the time of his retirement in 1975 at the rank of major he was stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., where he worked with the Intelligence Division and reviewed National Guard troops.
Following his retirement he owned an oil tank fiber glassing company. He also worked as a builder and an accomplished finish carpenter. The couple moved to Tahlequah in 2002.
Survivors include his wife, Marguerite, of the home; two step-children, Ruth Ellis and Miles Taylor; five grandchildren, Jenny Marie, Elizabeth, Ben, Adrian and Raymond; one great-great-grandson, Cameron; one niece, Marca Lee; four nephews, Terry Kershner, Curt Kershner, Neil Koopman and John Koopman; and one brother-in-law, Bob Underhill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Leora and Fyrma; and one brother, Orlo.
Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.