Gary Wayne Arndt

October 27, 1951July 2, 2018
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Gary “Bud” Wayne Arndt, age 66, of Claremont, NC, passed away unexpectedly at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, on July 2, 2018. Born October 27, 1951 in Iredell County, he was the son of the late Everette Albertus Arndt and Earsley Aileen Holleman Arndt.

Bud was retired from Larry Schronce Ford in Taylorsville, NC, where he had worked as an auto mechanic, and was a member of North Newton Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, water skiing, antique collecting, and hot rod cars. Bud also enjoyed flying radio controlled airplanes and was a member of the local RCA Flying Club.

Survivors include his loving wife of 44 years, Denise Fisher Arndt of Claremont, NC; brothers, Larry Ray Arndt and wife Shirley of Claremont, NC, Rick Lane Arndt of Conover, NC, and Jeff Allen Arndt of Claremont, NC; nieces and nephews, Eric Scott Arndt, Karen Arndt Key, Megan Elaine Arndt, and Matthew Lane Arndt and wife Brittany.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont, NC, with Rev. Dr. Gary Haddock and Rev. Paul Christ officiating. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:45 PM on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Humane Society of Catawba County, PO Box 63, Hickory, NC, 28603, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be sent to the Arndt family at

The Arndt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Receiving of Friends Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 8, 2018

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William McCain

July 8, 2018

When I first stated in RC and joined CVRC's Gary was a big help to this newcomer. Gary had a good mechanical understanding being an experienced auto mechanic and I was an engineer with GE so we could "talk" to each other. I always wanted to fly RC and Gary helped by explaining many things and showing me the ropes. I even got to visit his house once or twice and Gary gave me an old plane to learn with which he called "PUMPKIN" do to it's color. I had many good flights with that plane and worked with Gary on engine problems with the planes. I missed him when he stopped going to the field but I know he worked hard at his job and likely needed rest. I have not flown in a year or so but need to get out an old plane and go fly it and say " Gary, this is for you...thanks for everything."


Lisa Bungarner

July 7, 2018

Gary has been the most amazing caring neighbor anyone could ever ask for!!!!!! Growing up around him and his wonderful wife has been a blessing!!!! Thank you for all the memories. Waves and smiles we will truly miss seeing you drive by!!!!!

Ravon Edmondson

July 4, 2018

I have many memories of Bud. We grew up on the same street. I remember the black Camaro he had. I think it was his first car. I haven't seen him in a long time. But I'll always remember growing up with him. And to his family you're in my prayers. GOD bless each and everyone of you. Sincerely Ravon