Arthur A. “Butch” Arnoldt, 67, of Miles City, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at his home in Miles City as a result of a heart attack.
Mr. Arnoldt was born June 11, 1946, in Miles City to Albert and Lila Lewis Arnoldt. He attended school at Garfield and Washington graduating from Custer County High School in 1964. He started working for local dairies while in the fifth grade. During his grade school years he also ran a trap line and would use horses he was breaking for Jim Archdale.
He entered the Naval Reserves in 1964, served in Vietnam from July 5, 1966, to July 5, 1967, and was honorably discharged in January of 1970. Ten days after returning from Vietnam, he and Marilynn Leitholt were united in marriage in Miles City.
Mr. Arnoldt worked at Miles City Dairy for Ralph Forman until it closed. He and his wife bought their place in the country on their first anniversary. He worked a few short jobs before going to work at Pine Hills School for Boys in June of 1973. In 1974 he went to work at Fort Keogh at the Beef Barn and remained there until retiring in 2008 after 35 years with the State of Montana.
He enjoyed his place in the country; hay irrigating, calving, lambing and especially being with his boys. He even learned how to shear sheep.
His hobbies included making wood silhouettes, tying flies, gardening, remodeling the house, crocheting afghans and black powder shooting.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marilynn; sons, Chad (Dorothy “D.J.”) of Baker and Bart (Patty) of Riverton, Wyo.; grandchildren, Orrin, Dal, Mariah, Cody and Dustin; brothers, Eddie Arnoldt of Miles City and Albert Arnoldt of Gillette, Wyo.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Arnoldt was preceded in death by his step-father, Harry Mellville.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery.
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Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.