Jerry Dean Arb, 65, Melvern: Feb. 17, 1953 – Jan. 12, 2019

MELVERN, Kan. – Jerry Dean Arb, 65, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Lincoln, Neb. Jerry was born on Feb. 17, 1953, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Orville and Lois Kramer Arb.

Jerry graduated from Melvern High School in 1971 and lived the majority of his life in the Melvern, Kan., community.

Jerry was a member of the Operators Union Local 101 as a heavy equipment operator for many years. During Jerry’s years as a heavy equipment operator he worked several jobs across the country, including the building of Melvern Lake and as a crane operator at Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant. He retired from McAnany Construction in 2018. 

Jerry was well liked by many during his days on job sites working outages for Fluor Daniel around the country in places such as Texas and Virginia, to name a few. In addition to operating heavy equipment, Jerry was a cowboy who loved to rope and ride. Jerry farmed and raised livestock most of his life. He was owner/operator for his own truck line, Jerry Arb Trucking, for a period of time.

One constant in Jerry’s wide ranging working experiences was his smile. Jerry was known for a contagious smile, charm, and for bringing a smile to others with his quick witted humor.

Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Corey Wade Arb, in 1994; his son-in-law, Matthew Lee Criss; and his parents, Orville and Lois Arb.

Jerry is survived by his two daughters, Angie Criss, of Melvern, and Anissa Arb, Austin, Texas; two brothers, Steve Arb and Tom Arb, both of Melvern; sister, Pam Gillard, Melvern; three grandchildren, Corey Criss, Brock Criss and Mariah Criss; and one great-grandchild, Mattie Nixon.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Melvern United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Melvern Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Jerry Arb Memorial Fund, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences can be left at

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