Arthur A. “Butch” Arnoldt, age 67, of Miles City, passed away April 1, 2014 at his home in Miles City as a result of a heart attack.
Butch was born June 11, 1946 in Miles City to Albert and Lila (Lewis) Arnoldt. He attended school at Garfield and Washington graduating from Custer County High School in 1964. He started working for local dairies while in the 5th grade. During his grade school years he also ran a trap line and would use horses he was breaking for Jim Archdale.
He entered the Naval Reserves in 1964, served in Vietnam from July 5, 1966 to July 5, 1967 and was honorably discharged in January of 1970. Ten days after returning from Vietnam Butch and Marilynn Leitholt were united in marriage in Miles City.
Butch worked at Miles City Dairy for Ralph Forman until it closed. He and Marilynn bought their place in the country on their first anniversary. He worked a few short jobs before going to work at Pine Hills School for Boys in June of 1973. In 1974 he went to work at Fort Keogh at the Beef Barn and remained there until retiring in 2008 after 35 years with the State of Montana.
Butch enjoyed his place in the country; hay irrigating, calving, lambing and especially being with his boys. He even learned how to shear sheep.
His hobbies included making wood silhouettes, tying flies, gardening, remodeling the house, crocheting afghans and black powder shooting.
In addition to his parents, Butch was preceded in death by his step-father Harry Mellville.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years Marilynn, sons Chad (Dorothy “D.J.”) of Baker, MT and Bart (Patty) of Riverton, WY; grandchildren Orrin, Dal, Mariah, Cody and Dustin; brothers Eddie Arnoldt of Miles City, MT and Albert Arnoldt of Gillette, WY as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at 2:00pm in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Eastern Montana Veteran’s Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.