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Arno Franz Droske

January 13, 1923 ~ December 22, 2015 (age 92)
Arno Franz Droske, 92, of Dover, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the River Valley Medical Center in Dardanelle. The son of Franz Friedrich and Luise (Grosse) Droske, he was born January 13, 1923 in Brandenburg, Germany.  He married Irma Louise Bruemmer on December 28, 1944 at Houston, TX. He was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II, enlisting in 1941 and stationed in the Pacific Theater.  He served as a radio gunner with the dive bomber squadron VB-19 aboard the USS Lexington.  He received nine service medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.
Arno was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Russellville and served as an elder for several years. He worked as a manger for RCA and was a member of the American Legion.  He enjoyed being outdoors, feeding his raccoons and other wildlife, vegetable gardening and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and a great-granddaughter, Abigayle Roberson.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Irma Droske of Dover, two children, Dr. Terry Droske and wife, Susan of Texarkana, TX and Denise Blair and husband, Kenneth of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren, Michael Droske and wife, Holly of Seattle, WA, David Droske and wife, Tara, Katie Crabtree, both of Texarkana, TX, Aimee Blair of Broken Arrow, OK, Sarah Ross and husband, David of Jenks, OK; great-grandchildren, Claire Droske; Emily, Sarah, Jacob and Ainsley Roberson; Jackson, Adelaide and Charlotte Ross; great-great-grandchild, Bailee Roberson; and numerous extended family.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00AM, Monday, December 28, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church of Russellville. Pastor Darrell Kobs will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Lutherville by Humphrey Funeral Service.  
Full military honors will be provided. Visitation will be from 4-6PM, on Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 500 N Cumberland Ave and/or St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery Association, c/o Carol Grimmer, 155 N. Cumberland Ave, Lamar, AR 72846. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at

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DEC 27. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Humphrey Funeral Service 

2801 West Main Street

Russellville, AR, US, 72801


DEC 28. 10:00 AM

St. John's Lutheran Church

500 North Cumberland

Russellville, AR, US

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