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Beatty Funeral Home Washington
Thursday March 5th, 2020
12:00pm - 7:00pm

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Visitation with Family Present

Beatty Funeral Home Washington
Thursday March 5th, 2020
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Beatty Funeral Home Washington
Friday March 6th, 2020

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Arnold "Arnie" Smith

Arnold “Arnie” Eugene Smith, 62, of Washington, IA died Monday, March 2, 2020 at Parkview home in Wayland.

A Celebration of Life service will be 10:30 AM Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington. The family encourages everyone attending to wear their favorite sports apparel. Visitation will be held from 12:00-7:00 PM with the family present from 4:00-7:00 PM Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at the Elm Grove Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Rolling Panther Wheelchair Basketball Team.

Arnold Smith was born May 3, 1957, in Rock Island, IL, the son of Arnold and Rosemond (Edwards) Smith. Arnold graduated from Washington High School in 1975 and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. He was united into marriage with Nancy Reneger on June 27, 1981 at the Bethel Mennonite Church. Arnold was an avid sports fan and loved the Hawkeyes. He was a referee for High School and College football, basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball for 30 years.

Arnold is survived by his wife Nancy of Washington, IA, children; Amy (Mark) Langr of Washington, IA,  Matthew Smith of Clive, IA, Amanda Smith of Washington, IA, siblings; Bob Smith of Washington, IA, Cindy Smith of Washington, IA, Sue Smith of Washington, IA, Bill Bragg of Ft. Meyer, FL, Julie Ingersoll of Lehigh Acres, FL, Karen Rheinschmidt, of Cape Coral, FL two grandchildren, Bethany and Charlotte.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents and sister Laura Caraotta.

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I was Arnie "2 chains" boss for years he was so genuine and kind hearted it broke my heart when I left leaving him behind knowing I couldn't take him with me. Yes Im the guy who dub Arnold... Crazy saying arnold,... 2 chains!!! If any family members would like to call me and talk about 2 chains feel free. My number is 3195725083

Larry Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

I got to know Arnie many years ago through officiating . He had a good sense of humor and was always calm in the middle of a competitive sporting event . I will miss seeing him out there . Fond memories of the games we did together !

Marty Box Mar 13 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the Smith family. Arnie and I worked for many years in newspaper advertising and I also enjoyed razzing him when he officiated many of my childrens sporting events. Arnie was as genuine as they come. A true nice guy. RIP my friend.

Steve Jensen Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

I dont know where to begin. I have known the Smith family for over 30 years and have many fond memories. Arnie was a super friend, and I will miss our weekly phone conversations. He and I shared a love of the Hawks. We worked together for over a decade at the Washington Evening Journal and one wish we had was to work together again. Never happened. The Smith family always made me feel like a family member. I ate many Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners at their house. One of our frequent chuckles was over a comment a former boss made. He said we talked too much about sports. Arnie leaves a void in my life that cant be filled, but I am thankful we were able to share so many years and memories. To Nancy, Amy, Mathew and Amanda I share my deepest sympathy and condolences you are a great family, and I am so thankful to have you In my life. Rest In Peace Arnie.

Brooks Taylor Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathies. I have nothing but great memories of working with Arnie. Loved our conversations about sports over the years.Cosmo Leone

Cosmo Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

Kim HallNancy, Matt and all the family. I am so sorry about your loss. Arnie was a special man. He started me in my officiating career. I very much doubt I would have without his encouraging me. He put me on his varsity basketball crew in my second year of officiating. His football crew the in the fall. We worked varsity baseball as well softball together. We did countless ball games together of all ages. We had so much fun. He was so good around the kids. He made it fun for them. He was always encouraging them.It seems that the ball player that wasn't the best. He found away to get her or him to first base. So they felt they were able to help the team.He loved officiating and in spite of his health. He wanted to continue in spit of losing his leg. I worked some basketball with him. He worked hard and most the times no one knew. He was just on one leg. I will tell you a story he told me. I wasn't with him. He was working a game and his artificial leg caught on the floor and it fell off. He fell of course, but he was right back up. He laughed as he told me as he said the gym was quiet as a church. Probably scared some of the younger kids...as he laughed. I have so many memories of doing games with him and our conversations during and after games. Bless you Arnie Smith....and Thank you for all you did for me.

Kim Hall Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

Arnie was a great guy. Knew him when he was sports writer for the Burlington paper, and I'm still in Fort Madison. Then he was a referee. Wish I could have seen him more over the years. Praying for the family.

Chris Faulkner Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

I am one of the many many folks who know Arnie from officiating. A wonderful man, a joy to be with, and a dedicated sports official...Ted Wernimont, Coralville

Ted Wernimont Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

Arnie was always one of my favorite, fellow-newspaper sales folks. He worked so hard and always believed in the power of family and friends. I will miss my friend....

Cindi Olson Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

I officiated many games with Arnie and always enjoyed working the games with him. I will miss his keen sense of humor and wit. He always had a positive outlook about things and enjoyed razzing me when we worked together. We will all miss you Arnie.

Dave Huling Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

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