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Arnold, Richard

In Loving Memory

Arnold, Richard “Rich” L.

November 3, 1945 - May 19, 2024

Richard “Rich” Learn Arnold, 78, of Cape Coral, Florida/St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on May 19, 2024. Born on November 3, 1945, in Fontana, California, Rich was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

Rich proudly served in the US Army from 1965 to 1969. His dedication and commitment to military service exemplified his strong character and sense of duty.

After his military service, Rich pursued a successful career as the CEO of Disaster Recovery Journal for 35 years. His leadership and determination were evident in all aspects of his professional life.

Outside of work, Rich found joy in spending time with his family and friends, especially on his boat, “Bossman,” enjoying fishing and creating lasting memories.

Rich was known for his sense of humor and his ability to bring laughter to those around him. Despite facing challenges with speech and aphasia, he never failed to connect with others and ensure everyone was enjoying life to the fullest.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sharon Arnold (nee Gebhardt); his sons Richard, Bob (Bridget), and Michael; his grandchildren Christopher, John Patrick, Matthew, Cameron, Taylor, and Jake; Sister Jennie Christensen; Brother-in-law Bob (Pat) Gebhardt: and a host of other family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Rich’s legacy of love, laughter, and resilience will forever be cherished by all who knew him.

Services; Funeral from Kutis South County Chapel (5255 Lemay Ferry) on Thursday, May 30th 9:15AM to Queen of All Saints Catholic Church for 10AM Mass. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 5/29 from 4-8PM

Donations in his name appreciated to:
American Stroke Association or Vietnam Veterans of America



10 thoughts on “Arnold, Richard “Rich” L.”

  1. Bob and Bridget, Janet and I were so sorry to hear about your loss of your father, we never had the pleasure of meeting him, but if he was anything like you Bob, he would of been well liked and loved by many.

  2. Dear Sharon and family
    We are so sorry to hear Rich has passed. We had so many good times with you both. Playing cards and going out to dinner. Good neighbors. Pleasant memories and good laughs with Rich.
    Sorry we can’t get back to St Louis but know we are thinking of you.
    Blessings. Dee an Tom Beebe Whiting NJ

  3. I met Rich over 20 years ago when my sister Cheryl married my brother in law Christopher Gebhardt. As the years past we would spend holidays and birthdays with Rich and Sharon. Although we are not related Rich and Sharon have become a part of my family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time and sending prayers to Sharon and the rest of the Arnold family.

  4. Jennie & children,

    We are so sorry for your loss…May god give you all the strength in the difficult days ahead.

    You are in our prayers and our hearts.

  5. I joined the DRJ team in 2013 and got to get to know Rich when he would come into the office regularly and come onsite to the conferences….he did call me “Merce” for the first 7 years, though. LOL! I admired his wit, his determination and, most of all, his patriotism. I loved hearing stories from him and Sharon about their younger days roller skating and motorcycle riding. He certainly was one of kind and will be missed.

  6. So sorry to Sharon and the entire Arnold family. Everyone loved Rick. He was such a fun guy. If there is anything we can do for any of you, please let us know, Love, Bob and Linda

  7. Since retiring as a BC/DR manager in 2015, one thing I missed every year was being with Rich and Bob at DRJ conferences. Rich will certainly be be missed by all who knew him.

  8. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I learned of this thru my friend, Sheri Day. He was a relative of hers. Her mothers brother. God be with all of you in this sad and trying time.

  9. Dear Sharon,
    We are so sorry for your lose, Bring married for 56 years is quiet a feat
    now days. You made a great couple, I am sorry we can not make the funeral,
    but our prayers are with you & your family.

    Love Ken & Carol


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