OBITUARY

Arnold Edwin Wollesen

September 9, 1950April 3, 2018
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Arnold Edwin Wollesen, of Corpus Christi, passed away in New Braunfels, Texas on April 3, 2018. Arnold was born in McAllen, Texas on September 9, 1950, to Arthur Edwin Wollesen and Bonnie L. (Shadle) Wollesen. He is preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles. His life will live on through his surviving family members and many friends. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy K. Chiles, Ph.D. (Chris Chiles); grandson--his pride and joy, Hunter Wade Calley; sister, Joyce (Tim) Moore; niece, Jenna (Eric) Cooper; great-niece, Emma Cooper; and numerous others that were not born into his family but were loved like family.

Arnold lived a life of hard work and fun. He spent most of his professional life in various entrepreneurial adventures and sales. In 1974, he opened Jobbers Warehouse and won many awards and honors for his company’s successes in the automotive wholesale parts industry. In the late 1990’s, he owned a small country store, Mr. B’s, in St. Paul, Texas. He loved to talk and always enjoyed the company of others. He completed his professional journey traveling for retail sales and he continued to succeed with his everlasting recognition for hard work and dedication to his company and his ongoing commitment to creating an abundance of friendships on his journeys. He was a man that understood when a person’s word was full of honor.

Arnold never met a stranger and warmly welcomed everyone into his home. He got to know people everywhere he went and made lifelong friends along the way. He loved spending time with his family and friends, telling old stories, listening to classic country music while holding a Miller Lite. Throughout his life, he had a passion for being on Lake Corpus Christi and that is where you would find him most summer weekends, spending his time with his loved ones on his boat. Arnold also loved classic cars and talking about them. He could tell you the name, year, model and engine size on any car he owned. His favorite car was his 1967 Chevelle and it created many memories and stories that were cherished for years to come.

Looking through his high school yearbooks and reading comments, it is interesting to see how similar Arnold was 50 years later. He still had his outgoing personality, contagious smile, laugh, and a pure love for his family and friends. He lived his life the way he wanted until the very end.

A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at Memory Gardens in Corpus Christi, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on his behalf to the American Diabetes Association.

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  • He is preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles. His life will live on through his surviving family members and many friends. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy K. Chiles, Ph.D. (Chris Chiles); grandson--his pride and joy, Hunter Wade Calley; sister, Joyce (Tim) Moore; niece, Jenna (Eric) Cooper; great-niece, Emma Cooper; and numerous others that were not born into his family but were loved like family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Jeanette Torres

April 14, 2018

I will always think of that mischievous smile -lighthearted laugh and just a good man-you will be missed!

Candace Cantu

April 13, 2018

From sneaking his car out, climbing out the window to party with friends all night, or sneak one of his smokes to climb the roof, stare at the stars and talk about life, Arnold loved us through it all! Cheers to one of the best fathers and men to walk this Earth. His warm smile and friendly voice will surely be missed.

Linda Merryman-Scifres

April 13, 2018

One of my early Arnold Encounters...

When I was a Ray Texan in 10th grade, a few of my girlfriends and I would walk to Suburban Shopping Center after school for a soda and chips at the Pharmacy. After that we would go down to Foodland to say Hi to Arnold. If he wasn't busy, we would hang around a bit n visit. 😊

I just can't stop thinking of Arnold since his passing. I know our neighbors in Windsong are missing him as he would do his daily walk when he picked up his mail. He would greet everyone and we would have our little conversations. He touched so many lives and made such an impression with his sweet smile and kind heart!!!

Skese and I would like to expess our most sincere sympathy to Tracy, Hunter, Chris, Joyce, Timmy, Jenna, Eric, Baby Emma, Glenn, and Marilyn. We also extend condolences to other family members, dear close friends who are considered family and all those who were fortunate enough to know Arnold even if it was in passing. He is greatly missed and memories of him will live on !!!

Love, Prayers and Healing to All as we mourn the loss of Arnold and celebrate his life!!!

Bryan Turner

April 12, 2018

Arnold was a friend from Ray. A fun, kind, and sincere guy.
My condolences to his family and friends.
I enjoyed looking at all the pictures here.
You can't beat having grown up in "Corpus"
I'm thankful Arnold was part of that for me.

Irma Sanchez-Brandt

April 12, 2018

This picture was taken Holloween 2017. The “Hot Dog “ was drawing blood samples. No complaints from Arnold!

Irma Sanchez-Brandt

April 12, 2018

ARNOLD had an eye for pretty ladies & he could flirt like the best of them! But his compliments were so sincere, sweet & old-timey... never offensive. The nurses at Dr Martin’s loved him. He was a true gentleman, a disappearing breed.
We’d take long walks around the neighborhood with his buddy, Butterbean & he would stop & greet or wave at everyone. They all called him Mr Wilson (easier to remember than Wollesen I guess). He never, EVER met a stranger. Good times drinking a cold one & binge-watching SHARK TANK, his favorite show. Listening to classic country music in the garage on cool evenings; he had many interesting stories to tell about his travels selling his business. So blessed to have shared these times with him. Miss you Arnold. REST IN PEACE my good friend.

Linda Merryman-Scifres

April 12, 2018

God blessed you with such a beautiful family and life, Arnold! And...He blessed us with the opportunity to share some special moments with you ! For that we are thankful!!!

Heaven has gained another Angel!!!
Aloha oe, Arnold♥

Corinne Cameron

April 11, 2018

Thank you for being there for us girls when we were in our teens, 20’s, and now 30’s. I’m sure it wasn’t easy hosting slumber parties each weekend because you were the coolest Dad around! You will be forever missed, loved and in our hearts always! Love you!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Arnold Edwin Wollesen, of Corpus Christi, passed away in New Braunfels, Texas on April 3, 2018. Arnold was born in McAllen, Texas on September 9, 1950, to Arthur Edwin Wollesen and Bonnie L. (Shadle) Wollesen. He is preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles. His life will live on through his surviving family members and many friends. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy K. Chiles, Ph.D. (Chris Chiles); grandson--his pride and joy, Hunter Wade Calley; sister, Joyce (Tim) Moore; niece, Jenna (Eric) Cooper; great-niece, Emma Cooper; and numerous others that were not born into his family but were loved like family.

Arnold lived a life of hard work and fun. He spent most of his professional life in various entrepreneurial adventures and sales. In 1974, he opened Jobbers Warehouse and won many awards and honors for his company’s successes in the automotive wholesale parts industry. In the late 1990’s, he owned a small country store, Mr. B’s, in St. Paul, Texas. He loved to talk and always enjoyed the company of others. He completed his professional journey traveling for retail sales and he continued to succeed with his everlasting recognition for hard work and dedication to his company and his ongoing commitment to creating an abundance of friendships on his journeys. He was a man that understood when a person’s word was full of honor.

Arnold never met a stranger and warmly welcomed everyone into his home. He got to know people everywhere he went and made lifelong friends along the way. He loved spending time with his family and friends, telling old stories, listening to classic country music while holding a Miller Lite. Throughout his life, he had a passion for being on Lake Corpus Christi and that is where you would find him most summer weekends, spending his time with his loved ones on his boat. Arnold also loved classic cars and talking about them. He could tell you the name, year, model and engine size on any car he owned. His favorite car was his 1967 Chevelle and it created many memories and stories that were cherished for years to come.

Looking through his high school yearbooks and reading comments, it is interesting to see how similar Arnold was 50 years later. He still had his outgoing personality, contagious smile, laugh, and a pure love for his family and friends. He lived his life the way he wanted until the very end.

A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at Memory Gardens in Corpus Christi, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on his behalf to the American Diabetes Association.