Arnold Dearth 80, of Waukee, passed away at Taylor House Hospice on August 3, 2017 after a long fight with cancer. He was born April 26, 1937, in Franklin, Pennsylvania, son of Herald and Anna Mae Dearth.
He graduated from Leavittsburg High School in 1956 where he played trumpet with the high school band and dance band. He worked for his parents at Dearth Lumber for many years. He then secured a job with the Warren Township Road Department where he operated all types of machinery and equipment. Arnold married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Donley, in 1959 and made their home in Leavittsburg, Ohio. He became a purchasing agent for a local electrical company before joining the electrical union in 1987. Arnold was also a local name around the Warren/Youngstown area as an organist. Several years he had his own trio and played in various lounges, private parties and events prior to going solo on organ. He was a lifelong member of the musicians union. He retired in 1997 and enjoyed traveling the country. He moved with his wife to Waukee in 2007. They became residents of the Brighton Park Homeowners’ Association and Arnold had served on the board for the past several years. Other hobbies were playing his trumpet with community bands around the Des Moines area and creating projects as a woodworker.
Arnold is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughter Lori (Bob) Bees, granddaughter Morgan Bees, his brother Ronald (Lois) Dearth of Warren, Ohio and nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his daughter (Tami) and parents.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Mary and Joseph Room of St. Boniface Catholic Church at 1200 Warrior Lane in Waukee, Iowa.
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