Senior Chief Petty Officer Richard “Dick” Arnzen passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 12, 2020 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after suffering a heart attack.
Dick was born on June 14, 1942 to George and Agnes Arnzen and raised on the family farm in Greencreek. After graduation from Greencreek School, Dick enlisted in the Navy and enjoyed a 20-year career during which he saw many sights and served proudly in Vietnam. Upon his retirement Dick purchased land and a home on Big Cedar in Kooskia.
He met the love of his life, Shirley, while stationed in Fallon, Nev. and brought her to the mountain with him. Together they spent many hours gardening, watching Cubbies games, and photographing the numerous elk, deer, turkeys, and occasional bear from the back porch.
Dick was an avid outdoorsman and hunter who enjoyed spending time with his brothers at the cabin in Glenwood. Dick was a prolific “picker” before it was popular and would frequently bring home amazing treasures that he found while traveling the ridge. He loved the Fourth of July and having huge fireworks at the ready for his grandchildren.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents George and Agnes Arnzen, son Johnny Banner, brothers Ken Arnzen, Delph Arnzen, and sisters Adele Nuxoll, Celine Robbins, Delores Phillips, and Joan Arnzen.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years Shirley, daughter Sharlene Weeks, grandchildren Nichole Thomas and Josh Weeks (Laura), and four great-grandchildren: Cheyenne Thomas, Parker Thomas, Lola Weeks and Elliott Weeks, brothers Clifford Arnzen (MaryJane), Wayne Arnzen (Judy) as well as several nieces and nephews.
At his request no service is planned and his remains will be cremated and spread at a location he specifically requested at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home, Kooskia.