May 25, 1954-Jan. 21, 2008
Larry J. "LJ" Arnold, 53, of Detroit Lakes died at home on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 of cancer.
Larry Joe Arnold was born to Viola and Bill Arnold on May 25, 1954 in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating from high school, LJ continued his education in an auto body program. He had the opportunity to play semi-pro baseball, which included a game against Pete Rose. As baseball was not to be his future, he worked the rodeo circuit in Arizona, riding bulls and busting broncos.
LJ's love of the cowboy life led him to Colorado to work as a ranch hand. It was there he met his wife, Annie Graber. They were married from 1982 until her death in 1988. Life in Colorado was filled with work in the auto body business, pack trips in the mountains with his horse Pecos and Ben the dog, riding his vintage Harley and spending time with his "pards."
While in Colorado, LJ met his "darlin'," Kate, and the two of them moved to Minnesota. He continued to work in the auto body business and never lost his passion for horses. He developed a close friendship with fellow horsemen and competed in many team penning competitions. Looking for a new challenge, LJ returned to school and obtained his commercial driver's license.
LJ was known for his cowboy hat, his prominent mustache, and his love for his dogs. He enjoyed the camaraderie at Randy's... leaving his unforgettable spirit with all who knew him. LJ will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, his wry insight and easy quiet style.
LJ was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Graber Arnold; and parents, Bill and Viola Arnold.
Surviving LJ are his brother, David (JoAnne) Arnold of Dayton, Ohio; friend Katie Lommen of Detroit Lakes; one niece as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his faithful companion, Roxy.
As LJ would say -- "Cowboy up!"
West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, was entrusted with arrangements.
Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.