Ralph Arnold, 85, passed away Thursday (July 27, 2017) at his home with his loving family by his side.
In keeping with Ralph’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (August 1, 2017) in St. Mary’s Church Waterloo. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterloo.
Ralph’s family requests memorial contributions be directed to a charity of one’s choice.
Ralph was born on July 9, 1932 in Louisville, N.Y., the son of the late Hugh and Louise (Burkum) Arnold and attended Potsdam High School. He was a union carpenter for more than 50 years. He had also worked for Seaway and Sessler Company where he took care of the storefronts in the Main Street Shoppe Center in Waterloo. Ralph was an inductee of New York’s Country Music Legends Hall of Fame and Nashville’s Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Ralph shared his musical talent for over 65 years. During the many years of entertaining, Ralph enjoyed playing with several country bands, most recently with the Country Gentlemen. Ralph loved entertaining at the nursing homes and group homes for people with disabilities. Nothing made Ralph happier than sharing his music with his family and friends. Ralph is known to many and loved by all who knew him.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sally (Griffith) Arnold; three daughters Ann Marie Arnold of Waterloo, Carrie (Greg) Fiorilla of Geneva, and Rebecca (Michael) Ewing of Waterloo; three sons John (Peggy) Arnold of Seneca Falls, Ralph Arnold, Jr. of Geneva and Greg Arnold of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, John Crooks of Waterloo; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, Ralph is preceded in death by his sisters Isabelle Snyder and Barbara Crooks; brothers Elvin, Albert, Clarence and Kenneth Arnold.