Calvin Duane Arnold, 64, Osage City: July 31, 1958 – Aug. 31, 2022 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Calvin Duane Arnold, 64, Osage City: July 31, 1958 – Aug. 31, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Calvin Duane Arnold, 64, was called home to our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Osage City, Kan. Calvin was born to Claude and Mona Arnold on July 31, 1958, in Denver, Colo.

He spent all of his childhood growing up in Keenesburg, Colo., where he spent most of those years relentlessly picking on his brother and sister, and playing tricks on them and his cousins, but if anyone thought they could do the same, he was their biggest protector.

Calvin met Kim, his wife and soulmate, at 15, and the rest as they say is history. Calvin and Kim just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. One could only hope to have the kind of love they shared.

Calvin started working in the construction business at the age of 18, and worked as a heavy equipment operator and foreman for more than 40 years. His work took him and Kim many different places, and they loved traveling with their fifth-wheel and seeing new places. If we are being honest, though, Calvin always just wanted to find the best casino closest to where their newest travels took them. Even if that closest casino was 100 miles away. He loved to stay out until all hours of the morning playing the slots. “If you no pay, you no play.” If you know you know.

Calvin and Kim were blessed with two biological daughters, Kristy and Melony, and God decided two girls were not enough, so he also sent them Ashleigh.

Calvin was the most dedicated husband, father and employee you could ever ask for. He worked extremely hard to provide for his wife and daughters. The girls couldn’t have asked for a better man and role model growing up. He taught them to be strong, and always stand up for themselves, but to always treat everyone with respect. Just as the song goes, “His hands were soft and kind when we were crying, and hard as steel when we’d done wrong”, but there was always love in Daddy’s hands. He always told people that he might have raised girls, but he didn’t raise sissies. That was his way of gloating and letting everyone know how proud he was.

Calvin loved his grandkids with every fiber of his being and was the best Papa they could have ever asked for. They got away with so much more than the girls ever did, but with all the kids and grandkids alike, you knew “enough was enough” when he brought out the voice of terror.

Calvin loved to tell jokes, and the best part was never the punchline, but the fact that he could never get to the end without cracking himself up. His legacy will live on with everyone who knew him and ever hears the Chicken Dance.

Calvin is survived by his wife, Kim; daughters Kristy (Dustin) Buckalew, Melony (Johnny) Blackston, and  Ashleigh (Robby) Hull; grandsons, Calvin, Dylan, Vinny, Landon, Brady, Rhett; grandsons-in-law, Kyle, and Dustin; granddaughters, Haley, Paige, Gracie, and McKenna; sister, Sharon Abuso; brother, Steve (Jolene) Arnold; brothers-in law, Mike (Debbie) Patterson, Charlie (Rae) Patterson, and Eddie (Amy Sue) Patterson; sisters-in-law, Sherrie (Alvin) Hoffman, Sheila (Leornard) Thomason, and Tammy (Steve) Baker; and countless nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Mona Arnold; father- and mother-in-law Charles and Barbara Patterson; and many aunts and uncles.

Calvin will be dearly missed but never forgotten by all who knew and loved him.

A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the SEWC Fairgrounds, Keenesburg, Colo.

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