View Clyde Arnold’s Obituary
CARBONDALE Clyde H. Arnold, 93, a long time Carbondale businessman, passed away Wednesday morning, June 6, 2007, in his home and surrounded by his family.
Mr. Arnold owned and operated Arnold Orchards with his brother, George Arnold. Clyde and George Arnold were the first fruit growers pioneering marketing fruits in mesh and plastic bags, building their own equipment and experimenting until the equipment was perfected. He was the builder and owner of two mobile home parks in Carbondale, as well as the founder of Arnold’s Market and Great Shapes in Carbondale.
Mr. Arnold was born Oct. Arnold and Elizabeth Harper Scott Arnold. Mr. Arnold received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University and his Master of Arts degree in Entomology from Ohio State University at Columbus. ugs He worked with the United States Department of Agriculture in research of insect control. In later years, Mr. Arnold worked with SIU on experimental sewage treatment options and vegetative filtration.
Mr. Arnold served on the board of Unity Point School for many years, from its creation and Pleasant Hill School before the consolidation. He was a member of Illinois Manufactured Homes Association. He was a longtime member of Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association, the Illinois Fruit Growers Exchange where he served as President for many years, and a member of the Illinois Fruit Growers Association where he also served as President for many years. Clyde was also a dedicated environmentalist and belonged to Sierra Club, the Audubon Society and the Natural Plant Society. He donated 28 acres to Green Earth for Fern Land Nature Preserve.
Mr. Arnold was a lifelong member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, an ugs d was significantly involved in the development of the Presbyterian Camp Carew at Little Grassy Lake. He built many of the physical features and amenities at the camp and served on the Board of Directors for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Bet ugs ty; his children, Martha Armistead of Houston, Texas, M. Allen Arnold and his wife, Dianne M. Hagerty, Frances Gilman and Nancy Arnold, all of Carbondale; his nephew whom he raised, John Lipscomb of Hercules, Calif.; his stepchildren, Kolina Edwards ugs and her husband, Keith, of Marion, Kristie Whitney and her husband, David, Kevin Martin and his wife, Lihua, currently in China and Kenneth Martin of Carbondale; one brother, George Arnold of Edwardsville; one sister, Marian Ruth Calnon of Columbia City, Ore.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion L. Arnold; his parents; two brothers, Clarence Arnold of Flint, Mich., and Ralph Arnold of Carbondale; and a son in law, Nelson Gilman.