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Marvin Arnold

February 23, 1941 — September 23, 2023



After a hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis, Marvin Dallas Arnold took his final call to return home on September 23, 2023.  He was 82 years old.  He knew the call was coming and with his wife of 52 years beside him in their home he answered.  He was born on February 23, 1941, in Kentucky to Floyd Burges and Queen Victoria (Thomas) Arnold. The family moved to Ohio soon after his birth and he attended school there before deciding to join the US Army.  Marvin enlisted at the young age of 17 and continued his career for 20 plus years. He served his country with pride and honor, dedicating his life to each and every order place upon him.  The military taught him many things as he grew as a man and a solider. Allowing him to receive an associate degree while serving under them station at Fort Gordon, Georgia. While in the army he served in the Vietnam War for two tours, Dominican Republic, and Germany, once his career was gearing down for retirement he settled down in Augusta Georgia as a recruiter to finish out his life in the US Military. During his time in the US Army he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal 6th Award, 4 O/ S Bars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 6 campaigns, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dom Rep), and the Army Commendation medal w/1 OLC, Second Sapphire Achievement Star to gold recruiter badge, Meritorious Service Medal as well as NCOES  during his last tour in Vietnam.

After retiring from the US Army, he moved his family to Oklahoma where he continued a career with the State of Oklahoma Highway Department where he also retired in 2004.  

 He married the love of his life, Drucilla Wilson on January 29, 1970, in Augusta, Georgia.  They raised 6 children together in a house filled with love and laughter.  He enjoyed fishing, Bowling, and playing pool.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. 

He was reunited in heaven with his parents, daughter Wanda Sue Woodruff and her husband Johnny, daughter Ruby Faye Ratliff and her husband Bobby Gene, his two sisters Pauline and Edna and his brother Charles.

He leaves behind to mourn his loss wife Dru of the home, son Chuck Arnold and his wife Tammy of Augusta, GA, son Michael Arnold of Perry, son Greg Arnold and his significant other Chrissy of Perry, daughter Dallas Karcher and her husband Troy of Perry as well as a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great -great grandchildren. 


Friends are welcome to stop by Brown Dugger Funeral Home of Perry on Friday September 29, 2023, from 10 a.m.  until 5 p.m. for a come and go visitation and to sign his guestbook.  Marvin’s Celebration of Life will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30. 2023 at Brown Dugger Funeral Home of Perry, Military Honors will be presented there.

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Friday, September 29, 2023

10:00am - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Brown-Dugger Funeral Home

1010 N 7th St, Perry, OK 73077

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 30, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Brown-Dugger Funeral Home

1010 N 7th St, Perry, OK 73077

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