PLAINS — At about noon on Monday, the 9th of April, Arnold was freed from his crippled and painful body and is awaiting the resurrection. Arnold was born Dec. 8, 1932, to Edward and Esther Lewis in Palisade, Nebraska. He was third of five children. He is survived by one sister, Nancy Teter of Westminster, Colorado and two brothers, William C. Lewis of Grant, Nebraska and Leonard L. Lewis of Missoula, four nieces and eight nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Langley of Arvada, Colorado and two nieces, Kathy Duffner of Plains and Deborah E. Lewis Englewood, Colorado.
Arnold enjoyed camping and spent many days with his cousin Lester Lewis in the mountains of Colorado. He also enjoyed fishing with his parents and others who would take him. He took many pictures of flowers and birds with quite a library of slides. He had tapes of bird calls and was an expert in bird identification. Another of his hobbies was working with leather, making belts and wallets, etc. He was also able to do embroidery, cross stitch even though he could only use his right hand.
In spite of his disabilities he was able to live in his own apartment and ride his electric cart shopping, etc. He taught some of his nephews/nieces how to play some games and showed his older brother how to solve the "Cryptoquote" puzzles in the daily papers.
He was given a car by one of the members of the church, which he drove until it was damaged in an accident. He gave rides to some of the ladies who lived in the apartment building where he lived. He dearly loved children and always smiled and spoke to them in public.
Arnold was baptized into Christ on Mother's Day in 1954. He read from the zippered King James Bible that his parents gave him.
Arnold moved to Plains in 2007 to be near his brother, Leonard and to Hot Springs Health and Rehab in 2008. He enjoyed drives on most of the roads of western Montana. The "angels" that work at Hot Springs Health and Rehab loved him and cared for him as family for the last ten years of his life. The family will be eternally grateful to them for all they did for him.
A memorial for Arnold will be scheduled at a later date.