Norbert A. “Norb” Arnold, 93, of 648 Cedar Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 30, 1920 in St. Marys, son of the late Nickolaus and Margaret Ortlauf Arnold. He was a member of the Queen of the World Church and remained devoted to his faith until death.
Norb lived a full life; having been blessed with two beautiful and loving wives. On May 21, 1949, he married Dolores Mary Schneider. She preceded him in death on July 9, 1980. On Oct. 16, 1982, he wedded Grace Erich Bucher. She survives.
He resided in St. Marys his entire life. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1939, earning a scholarship to the International Correspondence School in Industrial and Analytical Chemistry. While furthering his education after high school, Norb secured employment at Keystone Carbon Company as a laboratory technician. With the start of WWII, the U.S. Navy, in conjunction with numerous American citizens designed and developed the Proximity Fuze. Unknown to him and his family, he was deferred from the war to be part of a small team at Keystone that developed an essential part of the fuze; the Nickel Cup. From 1944 through 1946 he honorably served his country as a member of the 4th Marine Division fighting in the fierce battle of Iwo Jima.
After his service, he returned to Keystone as the Chief Chemist/Chief Metallurgist. In 1961, the title “Manager of Powder Metal Engineering” was added. He retired from Keystone on Dec. 31, 1985. In 1986 he formed Arnold P/M Consulting Services. In the early 90s, he assisted with the design and set up of a P/M Laboratory at the DuBois Penn State Campus and the development of related continuing education courses.
Throughout his 50-plus year career in the Powdered Metal Business, this “Cookbook Chemist’s” accomplishments were numerous. He authored numerous articles and standards for the industry. Many of his works are recognized by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). He invented the “Keystone Sampling Thief” and the “Arnold Density Meter.” In the mid to late 60s, he headed the development of first P/M Automotive Parking Gear and Pressure Plates, which were the first of millions to be manufactured by Keystone for use by the major automotive companies. He was awarded the “Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy” (1979) by MPIF Board of Governors; ASTM’s “Silver Certificate” in recognition of 25 years of continuous membership and valuable contributions to the society (1983); the “Award of Merit and Honorary Title of Fellow” (1985) from the ASTM Board of Directors for exceptional contributions in the development of specialized testing equipment and part specifications, and in 2001 the “Fifty Years of Service” award by the American Chemical Society Board of Directors.
Norb was an avid golfer. He was the St. Marys Country Club Golf Champion in 1957 and served as the Chairman of its Greens Committee. He was also instrumental in establishing the greens at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course. Norb was also involved in the community. He was a founding member of the Saint Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail; served on the Parking Authority; hospital board; and the United Way. He was also very active in the Catholic School System. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, CMF, CYMA, and numerous professional organizations. Although proud of his service and accomplishments, he was most proud of his family.
Norb is survived by 12 children: James (Chris) Arnold of Marietta, Ga.; Rita Arnold (Harry) Schaefer of West Jefferson, N.C.; Karen Arnold (George) Scull of Kersey; Joseph (Andrea) Arnold of Fort Washington, Pa.; Coleen Bucher (Steve) Kronenwetter of Weedville; William (Nancy) Arnold of St. Marys; Duane (Nancy) Bucher of St. Marys; Laura Arnold (Brian) Claypool of St. Marys; Annie Bucher (Jamie) Ulrich of Woodland; Ed (Lesa) Bucher of St. Marys; David (Karen) Arnold of North Wales, Pa., and Kathy Bucher(Gordon) Collins of Hickory, N.C. He is also survived by 34 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; his sister, Mrs. Erma Krug of St. Marys; a sister-in-law, Miriam Arnold of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Joseph and James Arnold, and one grandchild Seth Kronenwetter.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Norbert A. Arnold will be held at the Queen of the World Church, St. Marys, on Wednesday, April 9 at 12 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, and the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Interment will be in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St., St. Marys, on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Rd., St. Marys, Pa. 15857, the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, Pa. 15857, or the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com .