REMC mourns passing of former manager

Posted on Nov 27 2018 in Orange County REMC

Danny Lee Arnold of Bedford passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 29, at his home.

Danny was born on March 7, 1949, in Sullivan to his parents, the late Russell Arnold Jr. and Shirley (Barrow) Humphrey.

The family moved to Bloomington in 1957. Danny graduated from Bloomington High School, class of 1967. He attended General Motors Institute and Franklin College before obtaining his B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan. He served seven years in U.S. Army Reserves, leaving with an honorable discharge with a rank of staff sergeant.

He retired from Orange County REMC after working 42 years in the utility business. Though modest of his accomplishments, he was proud to be the first person elected to the board of Cooperatives Federal Credit Union, serving six years as president. He served 10 years on the national standing committee representing a four-state area, as well as being chosen to represent the industry at an off-peak energy symposium.

One of his proudest moments was watching his youngest daughter graduate from Air Force Basic Training as an honor graduate and seeing her commissioned as an officer one year later.

Danny loved fishing, hunting and being outdoors, and he even hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon with his brother, Mike. He enjoyed cooking, especially being “The Grill Master,” for his family and friend gatherings. When not outdoors, you could find him reading one of his Stephen King novels or working a crossword puzzle.

He loved being the official “unofficial” score keeper for his grandsons’ baseball games and tournaments. He enjoyed nearly all sporting events and remained loyal to his beloved IU football teams. He was a member of the American Legion, Burton Woolery Post 18, NRA and A.B.A.T.E.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Tina (Beard) Arnold, daughter Stephanie (Bo) Railey of Brownsburg, stepdaughter Lesle (Todd) Payne of Bloomfield, stepson Steven (Shannon) Webb of Bloomington, and brother Mikel (Sharon) Arnold of Johnston, Iowa. Danny was proud to have nine grandchildren — Justin, Dusty and Eli Hollingsworth; Cooper and Ty Webb; and Cole, Lillie, Sadie and Clay Railey.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Mikel Steven Arnold; and his stepfather, John D. Humphrey.