Charles "Gene" Arnold, 73, of Yates City, passed away at 5:25 a.m., on Monday, January 6, 2020, at Farmington Country Manor.
He was born November 8, 1946, to Vearl and Clara (Frank) Arnold.
He married Gloria Whitmore on September 15, 1989, in Rock Island.
He is survived by six children, Tracy (Kenyon) Wurster of Washington, IL, Becky Harper of Florida, Michael Arnold of East Peoria, Rhonda (David) Bradt of Yates City, Robin Runyon of Williamsfield, and Curt Runyon of Elmwood; one sister, Judith (David) Harper; fifteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Gene worked at Caterpillar at the Mossville Tech Center in Research and Development where he retired after 31 years in 1996. He was also self-employed doing small engine repair with his business, G & G Services. Gene was a lifetime member of the Yates City Masonic Lodge #448 and Maquon #530, as well as the Yates City Order of Eastern Star #256.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Masonic Rites will be held following the visitation at the funeral home.
Burial of ashes will be held at a later date at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Elba-Salem Fire Department.
To view Gene's video tribute or leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
Sorry to hear about Gene's passing. He was a good friend to me for the 51/2 years I worked for the city. He will be missed.
So sorry to hear of Genes passing. He will be missed by many and Mary and I will miss him. We had a lot of fun together as roomies in the nursing home. I was proud to call him my friend for the forty years that I new him. One heck of a nice guy! Mike and Mary Watts
So sorry to read about Gene We had many fun times with all of you at Yates City. As we no longer drive at night we can not attend his service, but will keep you in our prayers. Buell is now 92 and I am 86 Give all our love. Betty Burton
Me and my family wish to extend heartfelt condolences to everyone! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.