Jacob F. “Jake” Arnold, 82, Hays, died Monday, September 8, 2014, at Via Christi Villages.
He was born January 29, 1932, in Hays the son of Jacob F. and Rosa (Leiker) Arnhold. On November 5, 1955, he married Janice R. Kryzer in Hays.
He graduated from Hays High School in 1950 and from Missouri Auction School with the title of Colonel in 1956. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was a long time usher, and was a lifetime member of the 3rd degree Knights of Columbus Council #1325. He was also a member of the Kansas Auctioneer Association and the Ellis County Historical Society.
When he was younger, he drove oilfield trucks and hauled oil derricks. He then managed the Horseshoe Bar & Grill on 6th Street and later on 8th and Vine. He was a car salesman for James Motor Company until his retirement. He loved auctioneering as it was his passion, loved listening and dancing to polka music, playing with his children and grandchildren and attending their school programs and athletic events.
He is survived by his wife, of the home, two daughters, June Pennington and husband John of Hays, and Julie Holmes and husband Dave of Madison, Alabama, a son Jay Arnold of Mission, Kansas, three granddaughters, Colleen Olson and husband Stean of Russell, Lesley Pennington of Topeka, and Erin Pennington of Hays, and a great granddaughter Georgia Rose Olson of Russell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Celly, Alex, Fred, Rich, Isadore, and Joe Arnhold, and eight sisters, Amelia Herrman, Anna Rome, Nora Seitz, Irene Witt, Rita Rohleder, Marietta Swim, Berniece Hoskins and an infant sister.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 Friday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine. A parish vigil service will be at 6:30 pm followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:00, both on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph Church elevator fund, Hospice of Hays Medical Center, or to Via Christi Villages, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.