Henry Ralph Arnold, 88, of Frankford, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 28, 1924, son of the late Henry and Anna (Reustle) Arnold. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Patricia (Axe) Arnold in February, 2013, and a son, George Arnold in 2007.
Ralph served his country proudly with the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed a lifelong career as a residential contractor in the greater Philadelphia area.
Later he would retire and relocate to Delaware where he could enjoy the beach life and boating. Ralph continued his love of working with his hands and was always available for any odd job one might be in need of. He was affectionately known by many as the "Wood Doctor."
The last project to have the touch of Ralph's hands was for his church, Community Lutheran Church in Frankford. He and his late wife Patricia were very passionate about worship, participating in Bible studies and volunteering wherever needed.
He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and dear friend to many. Ralph's footprints will be left on the hearts of many and greatly missed by all.
Ralph is survived by his son Robert Arnold and wife Robin of East Harwich, Mass.; a daughter Carole May and husband Jeff of Cornelius, N.C.; stepdaughter Vickie Johnson of Frankford; six grandchildren; one stepgrandson; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 stepgreat-grandchild.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, at Community Lutheran Church, 30897 Omar Road, Frankford, with a luncheon following services. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ocean View.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Lutheran Church, 30897 Omar Road, Frankford, DE 19945.