Arnold, Tildon

Tildon Arnold, 84, of Arch died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

He was born June 15, 1921, in Alamo to Diana Lorraine and Robert Jerome Arnold.

He worked on ranches around Santa Rosa for several years. He moved to Arch to find work in 1940. He married Imogene Riley on Feb. 14, 1942, in Portales. He was inducted into the Army in November 1942, and served in the Pacific as a medic until his discharge in 1945. In 1948, he moved to Arch, where he made his home the rest of his life.

For several years, he ran a garage and welding shop. In about 1964, he established the Arnold Seed Store. Since 1971 he farmed and ranched, and looked after his cattle as long as his health would permit, family members said.

He was a member of the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ.

Family members said he enjoyed fishing, hunting and restoring vehicles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Glen and Warren Arnold, and by his mother and father-in-law, Ima and Scott Riley.

He is survived by his wife; three brothers, Robert Jerome Arnold Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., George Arnold of Hayfork, Calif., and Walter Arnold of California; a sister, Betty Hickel of Albuquerque, and a host of nieces and nephews

Peter Dahlstrom will officiate services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Jim Wilhoit, Mark Gormley and Doug Crozier and Cliff, Billy Jr. and Matt Neece will serve as pallbearers.

Jerry and Bob Stokes, Paul Berry, Billy Neece Sr., E.B. and Berry Wilhoit, Buck Partin, James Riley, Wayne Williams, David Belle and Scott Riley will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.