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Gary Arnel

May 15, 1953 — January 11, 2023

Gary Duane Arnel, 69, of Jefferson City passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Capitol Region Medical Center.

He was born on May 15, 1953, in Jefferson City to the late Leonard and Betty Lou (Tipton) Arnel.

Gary grew up in Jefferson City and was a graduate of Jefferson City High School.  On July 24, 1971, he married Shirley Perkins at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.  They raised two sons, Keith Douglas and Jeffrey Thomas Arnel.

Gary worked in the printing department for the State of Missouri.  He retired in 2009 after 33 years of service.  Gary was a lifetime member of the Optimist Club of Jefferson City, the Holy Name Society of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Third Degree Knights of Columbus, Fr. Helias Council #1054.

Gary was blessed with the “gift of gab.”  No matter where his travels took him, he loved meeting new people and could talk to anyone about almost anything. He had a passion for fishing. You could find him either on the Lake or on the river fishing for anything that would bite.  He especially loved Crappie fishing and would take occasional trips to Canada with his sons, brother-in-law, Kenny Angerer and nephews fishing for Walleye and Muskie.  He was a huge fan of NASCAR, Cardinal baseball and Blues hockey.  If he wasn’t fishing or watching sports, Gary would be grilling, smoking and bar-b-queing for his family.  He never missed his grandchildren’s sporting events and loved to support everything they did.

Gary is survived by his wife, Shirley of Jefferson City, two sons, Keith (Renee) of New Bloomfield, Jeffrey (Bria) of Jefferson City, four grandchildren, Haley Morgan Arnel of Kansas City, Blake Anthony Arnel of Jefferson City, Samantha and Harlee Williams of New Bloomfield, two brothers, Darrell Keith (Faith Ann) Arnel, Mark Kevin (Donna) Arnel, three sisters, brother-in-law, Michael (Mary Jane) Perkins, and two sisters-in-law, Jeannie (Kenny) Angerer and Charlotte Collet.

He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Catherine Bax and brother-in-law, Douglas Perkins. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Father James Finder officiating.  Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Catholic Church, 216 Broadway St. Jefferson City, 65101.

Arrangements are entrusted to Trimble Funeral Homes-Jefferson City.  trimblefunerals.com

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