The Obit For Sterling Arnold

Sterling W. Arnold

Published in the York Daily Record & York Dispatch on 3/15/2009

YORK Sterling W. Arnold, 90, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Rest Haven-York. He was the husband of the late Dorothy P. (Armold) Arnold.

Mr. Arnold was born August 24, 1918, in Jacobus, a son of the late William and Ida (Lerew) Arnold. Sterling was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Red Lion and was employed for 40 years as a salesman for the former York Machinery and Supply Company of York.

Active in sports, he was the York County Horseshoe Pitching Champion in both 1936 and 1937. He and his partner won the Pennsylvania Two-Man Team title in 1937. He played three years of professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinal system. In later years, he was active in York County baseball as both a player and a coach.

During World War II, as a sergeant and squad leader for the 76th Division, Sterling was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, while crossing the Kyll River. He received both the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his bravery in that battle.

Survivors include three sons, Ron and wife, Diana of York, Gary and wife, Susan of Glen Burnie, Md., and Fred of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and two sisters, Laura Allison and Mary Schaefer.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, with his pastor, the Rev. David D. Tietje, officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Rose Cemetery. A viewing will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, 161 N. Main St., Red Lion, PA 17356.