Joseph Orvil Arns


Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006

Former Juneau resident Joseph "Joe" Orvil Arns, 76, of Ruch, Ore., died Sept. 12, 2006, at a hospital in Medford, Ore.

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He was born July 10, 1930, in Cedar City, Utah. A son of Paul and Ada Mary Melling Arns, he attended the University of Utah, studying for a degree in engineering. He married Dena B. Duval Arns on July 31, 1996, in Portland, Ore. He served in the Korean War from September 1951 to September 1953 and worked for the Department of Highways in Utah and Alaska.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"He loved home teaching, genealogy work, journal writing, reading and organizing family reunions," family members said. "He was a caring, loving man and loved his family more than anything."

He also enjoyed being a temple worker from April 2000 to October 2004 in the Medford Temple. Other interests included hunting, fishing, photography, leather work and oil painting.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Venetta Arns; son, Royit Arns; grandson, Paul Allen Morton; parents, Paul and Ada Arns; daughter, Sherrie Lee Arns; brother, Odell Arns; sister, Marla Ashworth; sister, Sara Lene Arns; and brother, LaMar Arns.

He is survived by his wife, Dena Arns; children, Paul Arns and his wife, Cathy, Jolynn Morton and her husband, Allen, Annette Ray and her husband, Tom, Chuck Duval and his wife, Susan, Tim Duval and his wife, Sue, Scott Duval and his wife, Dawn, Cindy Stults and her husband, Guy, and Stace Duval and his wife, Jan; brothers, George Arns and his wife, Elaine, and Meryl Arns and his wife, Tina; and 23 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Utah Mortuary in Cedar City. A viewing will be held one hour before the services at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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