Gerald “Jerry” Arnold, 90, of Pullman, died on Friday January 14, 2022 at the Regency Pullman.
Jerry was born on December 4, 1931, in Lincoln, Neb., to Don and Hattie (Goerig) Arnold. He grew up in Lincoln and after graduating from high school, Jerry joined the US Marine Corps.
While stationed in San Francisco, he met the love of his life, Joanne Combes. They were married in Pullman on February 20, 1954, after his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. They lived in Lincoln for a short time until they returned to Pullman, where Jerry studied at Washington State College.
He worked at Archie’s Richfield gas station, where he eventually took over the business, becoming Jerry’s Richfield and then Jerry’s Arco. After selling the business in 1972, he opened Jerry’s Auto Repair for a short time. He decided to go into real estate, then worked at Neill Motors. Realizing that auto repair was his passion, he returned to the gas station business in 1975, opening Jerry’s Union 76/Shell/Conoco gas station, where he worked until his retirement.
He enjoyed golf, fishing and spending time with his family. Any road trip always ended in Vegas or some casino town, where he and Joanne most often beat the slot machines.
Jerry was a member of the Elks Lodge, served on the board of Pullman Child Welfare and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Bray, of Morro Bay, Calif.; his son, Tom (MaryBeth) Arnold, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren, Taylor, Madison (Jake), Jordan, Kayla and Jake, and was expecting a great-grandchild in April.
In November, Nancy and Tom brought their families to Pullman for an early 90th birthday celebration. It was truly a precious time and a blessing for all.
Jerry was predeceased by his wife, Joanne, in 2000, and his parents.
No public service is currently scheduled and Jerry will be interred with Joanne in Pullman Cemetery by his children.
Corbeill Funeral Home in Pullman (formerly Kimball Funeral Home) made the arrangements.
Memorial donations are suggested to Friends of the Hospice, Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation or Pullman Child Welfare. Online condolences can be sent to kimballfh.com.