WAUKEE, Iowa — Arnold Dearth, 80, formerly of Warren, passed away Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa, after a long fight with cancer.
He was born April 26, 1937, in Franklin, Pa., a son of Herald and Anna Mae Dearth.
He graduated from Leavittsburg High School in 1956, where he played trumpet with the high school band and dance band. He worked for his parents at Dearth Lumber in Leavittsburg for many years. He then secured a job with the Warren Township Road Department, where he operated all types of machinery and equipment.
Arnold married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Donley, in 1959, and made their home in Leavittsburg. He became a purchasing agent for a local electrical company before joining the electrical union in 1987. Arnold was also a local name around the Warren / Youngstown area as an organist. Several years he had his own trio and played in various lounges, private parties and events prior to going solo on organ. He was a lifelong member of the musicians union. He retired in 1997, and enjoyed traveling the country. He moved with his wife to Waukee, Iowa in 2007, to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. They became residents of the Brighton Park Homeowners’ Association and Arnold had served on the board for the past several years. Other hobbies were playing his trumpet with community bands around the Des Moines area and creating projects as a woodworker.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Lori (Bob) Bees; granddaughter, Morgan Bees; his brother, Ronald (Lois) Dearth of Warren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tami; and his parents.
A celebration of life service will follow a family visitation that will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Grace Baptist Church of Champion, 5418 Mahoning Ave., Warren, Ohio, 44483.