Born: Mon., Dec. 8, 1930
Died: Tue., Jan. 13, 2009

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Kenneth Eugene Arnett, 78 formerly of Middletown,MD passed away at home in Frederick, MD on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

He was the husband of Marion Esther Harris Arnett for 54 years.

Kenneth was the son of the late Louis F. and Mary Blanche (Garrett) Arnett of Abingdon, VA. He was preceded in death by his brother WIlliam L. Arnett of Annadale, VA.

Kenneth graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN. He served in the United State Airforce where he met his wife in Saint Johns Newfoundland, Canada. Kenneth was later stationed and served at the Pentagon in Washington, DC and moved to Middletown, Md from Falls Church, Va. in 1966

"Kenny", as he was known to most in Middletown, and his wife owned Arnett's Market from 1967 until 1985.

The building now home to the Snallygaster, was named after Mr. Arnett and is now known as the "Arnett Building."

Kenneth was the president of the Middletown Lions club from 1970 to 1971. During the 1970's he served as Ambulance Captain, EMT, and Fire Police as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Middletown Vol. FIre Co.

He was a lifetime member of the Amvets Post#9 in Middletown. Kenneth was elected Burgess of Middletown, in 1980 and served for one term after replacing another service oriented burgess that had served 32 years in that position. In 1981 Mr. Arnett was injured in a serious accident while performing his duty as burgess. As a result of his injuries he remained hospitalized in John Hopkins for more than a month. During this time the town citizens rallied in support of his family and helped with personal needs, including transportation and services needed to help maintain the Arnett's market. After a long recovery he fulfilled his duty as Burgess of Middletown. After the sale of Arnett's Market Kenneth worked as a manager for Watson's Restaurant in Frederick, MD and then reitred from Cindy Dee Restaurant in Knoxsville, MD. He spent his reamining years with his wife traveling back and forth between their home in Ocean City, MD and the home of their daughter Wanda Jenkins in Frederick, MD. He was an avid bingo player at the Elks Club in Frederick and was a longtime Redskin fan. He was a loving father and grandfather.

Kenneth is survived by one sister, Elizabeth Rachel of Bristol TN. He is survived by four daughters; Debra J. Shafer and husband Melvin Shafer of Frederick, MD, Teresa L. Arnettt and friend William K. Mills Jr of Frederick, MD, Wanda S. Jenkins and friend & " surrogate daughter" Melissa Barb of Frederick, MD, Eugenia M. Doane and husband Richard Doane Sr. of Thurmont, MD. Kenneth was "Poppy" to eleven grandchildren: Ethan D. Shafer, Aimee L. Shafer, Telicia J. Arnett, Jesse E. Arnett, Adam J. Arnettt, Lindsey N. Arnett, Christina M. Johnson, "surrogate grandson," Christopher Jensen all of Frederick MD, Stephanie A. Bush, and husband Christopher Bush of Hagerstown, MD, and Richard V. Doane Jr. and Andrew G. Doane of Thurmont MD.

THe family will receive friends on Friday, January 16, 2009 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 East Main Street, in Middletown, MD.

A memorial service will be held on Monday January 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM at The Church of the Transfiguration at 6909 Maryland Avenue in Braddock Heights, MD. Rev. Henry Sabetti will officiate.

Immediately following the service there will be a celebration of life to be held at the church.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, MD, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702 or The Church of the Transfiguartion, 6909 Maryland Ave., Braddock Heights, MD 21714.
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Heather Shankle
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
As a pre-teen and teenager I spent a lot of time at Teresa's house with Telicia. I just want to send my condolances to T, Teresa,Wanda, Jesse, Adam and Lindsey. I hope that you can find strength in all the wonderful memories of him.

Tanya (Flook) Phillips
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you!!! I'm so sorry for your loss!!!

Barbara Arnett
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
Uncle Gene was a great guy. He had such a love of his girls. They were truly the apple of his eyes. Also the love that he and Aunt Marion shared was special. He will be greatly missed by all. Our prayers are with all of you during this time. Love Barb and Dave

Doug & Cindy
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
Dear Marion and Family,

Our feelings cannot be put into words for your recent loss. We will always remember Ken as a real gentleman and a real zest for life. You will be in our prayers during these trying days ahead.

Love, Doug & Cindy

Diane, John, Sarah & Stephen White; Carl Harris & Family; Olga Richards &Family
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
Dear Aunt Marion & Family:

Our prayers are with you today. May you find strength
in each other in the days ahead.

All our love from your family
in Newfoundland.

Beth L.
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
My heart goes out to you, Marion, and your daughters and their families. May you find strength in the great love you all have for each other during this difficult time. In the 20 or so years that I've known your family, I've come to love you all dearly. Ken will be missed by all whose lives he touched. What a great number that must be!

Sandra and Bill Arnett
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
Uncle Gene was a very special uncle. Bill has such fond memories of a summer spent with him and Aunt Marion. Special times of fishing in a nearby pond and helping him with his Bee Hives. The last time we saw Uncle Gene we met him, Aunt Marion, Aunt Libby and Alan for Barbeque in Piney Flats. He was as usual laughing and telling us family stories. I remember he was all decked out with digital camera and cell phone. Clearly a progressive man despite his age.
We will miss him.

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