Arnold E. Stowe

May 3, 2013 Staff

Arnold E. Stowe, a longtime Lander resident, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Westward Heights Care Center after a lengthy illness. He was 91 years old.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at the First Baptist Church in Lander with Pastor Scott Engelhart officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander.

Arnold Stowe was born Dec. 20, 1921, in Keystone, Iowa, the son of Elias M. and Bessie M. (Fisher) Stowe. He graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in 1941. He was an honor student and played football in 1939 and 1940.

He married Margrette George on Aug. 6, 1946, in Lander. They had two daughters, Nancy and Connie. Margrette died Feb. 3, 1985. He married Ruby B. Schaffer on June 7, 1986, in Casper.

Mr. Stowe was proud of his 36 years of service with the Wyoming Highway Department, retiring as an engineering project specialist. He and his crews surveyed many Fremont Country highways. In his youth, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Union Pacific Railroad.

During World War II, Mr. Stowe was stationed with the Army in the South Pacific, including the Soloman Islands and Australia. He enjoyed keeping in touch with his war buddies. He attended many reunions for his outfit over the years and hosted one in Lander in 1996. In May 2011, he flew to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight to view the World War II Memorial.

His family said he loved Fremont County and the outdoors. He taught many people to fish over the years, including Margrette and Ruby, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He always wanted his guests to catch a big fish, and many were able to do so. He was able to snowmobile into his mid-80s and loved to fish through the ice in the high country. Mr. Stowe was fond of giving his catch to neighbors and friends. He fed his family with the wild game he hunted, always looking for an animal that might taste the best, instead of trophy animals. Hunting trips were family trips involving three or four generations of men.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby B. Stowe; daughters Nancy L. Lichty and Connie Shannon, both of Lander; son-in-law John A. Lichty; grandsons and their wives John Arnold Lichty and Jennifer Gladson of Casper and Jeffrey Allen and Sheri Lichty of Nampa, Idaho; stepchildren Sherry Bell of Brandon, Fla.; Stephen Schaffer of Tampa, Fla. and Kerry Roe-Ely of Great Britain; brother and his wife Ralph and Barbara Stowe of Kinnear; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margrette E. (George) Stowe; father Elias M. Stowe; mother Bessie M. (Fisher) Stowe; sisters Ione and Gladys Stowe; and stepfather Henry A. Stowe.

Those who wish may contribute to Lander Senior Center for Meals on Wheels or the FCVHS/LVHS Alumni Educational Fund or the First Baptist Church of Lander.

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