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Arnold Lewis Wealand, 92, of Lee's Summit, was born Friday, September 10, 1920, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the son of John Hollinger and Fannie Mae Easter Wealand. He passed away at 4:18 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Village House at John Knox Village after a long illness.
Mr. Wealand was a 1938 Lee's Summit High School graduate, serving as his class president for three years.
He served in World War II as a member of the Merchant Marines, delivering troops and supplies to ports throughout the European and Pacific theaters of operations.
On August 6, 1960 he was united in marriage to Nina Wealand in Lee's Summit. She preceded him in death on October 2, 2007.
Mr. Wealand worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone System for 36 years, retiring in 1982.
Mr. Wealand was best known for his athletic successes. He was a three sport letterman during the three years he attended Lee's Summit High School, serving as captain of the football and basketball teams during his junior and senior years. He was a Little Six Conference All Star in football and basketball his junior and senior years. Later, he was an avid bowler and anchored his team in the SWBS bowling league for many years. Mr. Wealand was also preceded in death by one brother Richard Wealand, and one sister Dorothy Ludlow.
He is survived by his daughter, Jana Balke of Lumberton, New Jersey; his step-daughter, Linda Brock, of Marshall, Missouri; his son Tom Wealand of Kansas City, Missouri; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister Pat Reeves of Holton, Kansas; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 5, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated. Interment was in the Elm Springs Cemetery, Kingsville, Missouri with full military honors by the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard.
Visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be sent in cae of the funeral home.
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