Raymond John Arndt

April 8, 1931August 24, 2012

Raymond J. Arndt, 81, of Stafford County died Friday, August 24, 2012 at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Arndt was born April 8, 1931 in Washington, DC and spent his childhood in Cherrydale in Arlington County, Virginia. As a teenager, he began learning auto body and paint work and later started his own business in 1963, Ray's Auto Body in Vienna, Virginia, which has now been in business for 50 years. He enjoyed boating, restoring classic cars, and working on his property in Stafford, Virginia, where he built his present home in 1975. The things he liked most were being able to help his friends and neighbors fix something or build something and walking with beloved shelties River and Cricket.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Joyce Arndt; sons James Arndt and his wife Barbara and Earl Robert Arndt and his wife Jackie; stepchildren Nonie Strike, Joy Ramsey and her husband MIke, Jack Strike and his wife Eileen; sisters Margaret Kruczek and her husband Frank, Pauline Phillips, brother Thomas Arndt; 8 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother Bernard Arndt and stepson Edward Strike. He also leaves behind his loyal auto body shop family to carry on his "do it right or do it over" values.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service in Stafford, Virginia. A service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Stafford Memorial Park, Stafford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA or a charity of one's choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Joe Boudreau

September 1, 2012

Sorry I found out late Ray was a great boss and friend

Karen F

August 31, 2012

Arndt Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Ray Arndt's passing. I was friends with his brother, Bernard (Bernie) Arndt. Bernie spoke so highly of Ray and his wife and family. He always felt warm and cared for when visiting. He loved Ray very much and was so very proud of him.


Dianne Phillips

August 29, 2012

Joyce, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

May the peace,which comes from the memories of love shared with Ray comfort you now and in the days ahead.

With Sympathy, The Patricks (Rick, Dianne, Alexandra and Max)

August 29, 2012

Ray had a profound influence on my husband's teenage years and has been spoken of fondly for the over thirty years I've know my husband. Just over 10 years ago, Ray and his wife traveled to Florida to celebrate an event in my husband's career - this dedication to someone is something we will always cherish. What a loyal man and mentor!
Joyce & Family --- Our thoughts are with you at this time. God's Peace to you.


Dianne & Mike Douglass and sons --- Sean and Ryan

August 29, 2012

You were a great neighbor, and you will be missed.
Semper fi

Brian Smith

August 29, 2012

We are forever grateful to have had Ray as a life-long friend and supporter of Vienna Little League. I share your loss and God bless Ray for all that he is done to make a difference in the lives of so many in our community.

Joe Mattos

August 29, 2012

Ray was a positive force in the local collision industry for many years. His legacy is the knowledge and education gained by all those who met and worked with him over the years. Thank you, Ray.
To his family, please accept our condolences and remember all of the good times of a life well-lived.

The Mattos/Pro Finishes Plus Family.

August 29, 2012

Ray was truly an inspiration to me in my life. I will miss him. My condolences to the family......
Chris Huff
Chantilly Va.


August 28, 2012

Your wife forever

Laukisha Benton

August 28, 2012

In your sadness, may there be hope... In your thoughts, may there be peace... In your heart, may there be healing. My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one.(Psalms 55:22)