|Arnold L. LaValley, 81|
|Written by TRF Times|
Marshll, Mich. - Arnold “Blackie” Laurence LaValley, 81, of Marshall Mich. and formerly of Thief River Falls, died on Friday, May 13, 2005 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.
A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, May 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshall. Interment was held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich., with military honors.
Arnold was born on July 8, 1923, in Superior, Wis., to Charles and Eleanore (Sharon) LaValley. He graduated from Superior East End High School in 1949. On April 18, 1955, he married Ardelle Lanaas in Thief River Falls. She preceded him in death on June 4, 1998. LaValley served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 in Europe, during World War II.
Arnold worked as an electrical mechanic for the former Lake Head Pipe Line for 32 years, until retiring in 1985. He was a long time member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was also a member of the Marshall (Mich.) Moose Lodge No. 676 and the Elks. Arnold earned his pilot’s license when he was younger and enjoyed flying. He enjoyed traveling and going for walks with his wife. Arnold enjoyed golfing and bowling. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching them on TV. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include four daughters, Gail(Gordon) LaValley-Black of Texas, Char LaValley and Lenette Henson, both of Marshall, Mich., and Lisa (Elmo) Nelson of Washington; two sons, Gary(Marcy) LaValley of Wisconsin and William (Deb) LaValley of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters and a brother.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.