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Walter (Walt) Bruce Arnold

January 27, 1949 July 6, 2019
Walter (Walt) Bruce Arnold
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East Peoria- Walter (Walt) Bruce Arnold, 70, of East Peoria, IL passed on to his heavenly home Saturday, July 06, 2019 surrounded by his family at home.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Arnold of East Peoria, four children: Maria (Jeff) Shanine of Dunlap, Christine (Phil) Seneca of Morton, Andrew (Carly) Arnold of Peoria, and Molly Arnold of Peoria; five grandchildren: Lily and Elias Shanine, Thomas and Kate Seneca and Collette Arnold; as well as two sisters: Rae White of the The Villages, FL and Lynn (Mark) Elston of Deerfield Beach, FL.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents Sheldon and Mary (Molly) Arnold and one son, Anthony Arnold.

Walt was born January 27, 1949 in Peoria to Sheldon and Molly Arnold. He grew up in East Peoria and was a graduate of EPCHS in 1967. He married Mary McMahon on September 27, 1975 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. They settled in East Peoria where they built their home and raised their children. Walt and Mary where married for 43 years.

Walt began his career at Caterpillar, INC and attended ICC. He moved on to become a carpenter by trade and he honed his skills working for Otto Baum Company in Morton as a carpenter superintendent in their concrete division. Walt went on to build his own business, Walt Arnold Construction based in East Peoria.

Walt’s passion in life was to help those in need. He gave his time and skilled labor to help those who were not capable. Every year at Christmas, Walt loved to hand out cash to needy parents shopping for their children. He was known to never turn down a call for help and to always give others a second chance.

Walt especially enjoyed spending his spare moments with his children and grandchildren, taking them vacationing every year to the beaches of Florida, the mountains of Colorado, and boating in the Illinois River. He was also an avid baseball fan, and his favorite team was the Chicago Cubs. He loved watching his children and grandchildren play baseball throughout the years, and coached many of his children’s teams in East Peoria.

Walt’s faith journey began four years ago. While attending mass with his wife, he grew in the awe and reverence of the Catholic Faith and entered the Church at Easter Vigil in 2017. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights, IL.

Walt’s family is thankful for the loving care he received under his physician and nurses at Illinois Cancer Center and OSF Hospice. They would like to thank Dr. Macvicar and his team especially Deb Rufus, as well as the OSF Hospice staff for their loving care, especially Tammy and Stephanie.

Cremation rights have been accorded. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Recitation of the rosary will take place at 4:00 PM. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 10:00 AM with an additional visitation being held 30 minutes prior to mass. Father Paul Stark will officiate with Deacon Ed Mallow assisting and burial of ashes will follow in Fon du Lac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorials in Walt’s memory may be made to St. Thomas Church, Illinois Cancer Care, or OSF Hospice.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

10

Jul

5:00 PM 7/10/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/10/2019 7:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Recitation of the rosary will take place at 4:00 PM

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Visitation

Thursday

11

Jul

9:30 AM 7/11/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 7/11/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Memorial Mass

Thursday

11

Jul

10:00 AM 7/11/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fon Du Lac Cemetery Final Resting Place

266 S Washington
East Peoria, IL 61611

266 S Washington East Peoria 61611 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

OSF Hospice

530 NE Glen Oak Drive
Peoria, IL 61637-0001

St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Illinois Cancer Care

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