James Edward Arnold, Jan. 14, 1946 — May 23, 2014, of Kula, Hawaii

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 11:55 p.m. CDT

James E. Arnold, 68, of Kula, Hawaii, passed away May 23, 2014 at the Maui Medical Center.

James E. ArnoldA visitation will be held May 31, 2014 1:00PM-2:00PM at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri. The funeral service will begin following the visitation at 2:00PM. The interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

James is survived by his wife Deborah Arnold, of Kula, Hawaii, two sons, James Branstetter, of Topeka, Kansas, and Michael Branstetter, of Kula, Hawaii, and six grandchildren.

He was preceded by his parents and one son, Robert Arnold.

Memorial donations are appreciated to Children’s Mercy Hospital 2401 Gillham Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108.

James owned his own Upholstery shop in Topeka , Kansas and was one of the best in the business. He also enjoyed NASCAR, football and watching the cooking channel.

A letter from James’ wife, Deborah Arnold:  “Thirty-six years and we covered all the bases in our vows. We had the better and the worse, but always ended on the better. For richer or poorer. Our riches were never measured in material things, or money.  Our cup ran over with the richness of our love for each other, our kids, and our love of life, we were always poor in material things, and rich in everything else. Our love was strong even during sickness, caring and protecting each other during illness from the stresses of life. We were as a pair of oxen carrying the load of life, equally shared between us. We balanced each other when the load became too heavy and we shared the light loads knowing the ease and joy of each other. We became as one on our journey, balancing each other’s strengths and weaknesses, defending each other against the sharp edges of life, embracing each other in the joys. We were a team, taking on anything and everyone together. Before we met, I was alone with two small sons. I prayed for someone to love me and help me though life James was the answer to my prayers. Even though I tried to send him on his way before we were married, he was persistent, through the grace of god. The Lord has blessed me throughout my life, and one of the greatest blessings was James E. Arnold.”

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