Short Gap—Arnold L. “Arnie” French, 76, of Short Gap, WV formerly of Hollywood, FL, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at home.
Born in Hagerstown, MD on November 4, 1940, he was the son of the late Mildred (French) and Ervin “Bud” French. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. French.
Arnie was a graduate of Fort Ashby High School, class of 1960. Following high school, Arnie served his country in the United States Navy. Arnie was employed at the Kelly Springfield Tire Company. He was the owner and operator of a refrigeration and air conditioning business both in this area and in Florida. For a number of years, Arnie was the owner and operator of the Woodland Inn in Short Gap after he returned to the area from Florida.
An outdoorsmen, Arnie was a hunter, fisherman, and rattle snake hunter. He was an avid canoer, and while in Florida, he enjoyed scuba diving. Arnie also enjoyed water skiing, gardening, and totem pole carving. Arnie raised pheasants, quails, peacocks, and two deer from the time they were babies.
Arnie was a fan of the University of West Virginia sports teams, and his favorite professional football team was the Seattle Seahawks. While in Florida, Arnie became affiliated with the Miccosukee Indian Tribe. In fact, he had a Native American name, “Yanacee” which means Buffalo.
Arnie is survived by his wife, Julie (Steedman) French; sons, Arnold L. French, Jr. and wife Jenny, Charleston, WV, and Quinn E. French, Charleston, WV; granddaughters, Lauren Albaugh and husband Cody, and Casey French; great-grandchildren, Madelynn, Mason, and Kennedy; sisters, Mary C. Steed and husband Jim, Spring Mills, WV, and Dolores J. Wolford and husband Ron, Falling Waters, WV; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, MD on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted immediately following visitation on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Military honors will be accorded by the Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com