Richard was born December 23, 1943 at Blue Hill, Nebraska to Louis O. and Dorothy (Schunk) Arndt. He graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1962, and served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, from 1962 until 1968. He then studied at St. John College in Winfield, Kansas, the University of West Florida and Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois, graduating in 1976.
Richard was married to Leila Kay Lacy on December 26, 1976 at Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He served his vicarage in Eldora and Wellsburg, Iowa , and served as pastor at several Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches, including Kimball, Plainview and Ogallala, Nebraska and had served as Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee for the past 12 years. He was a member of the Lions Club, and enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, biking, collecting model trains, and gardening.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife, Leila Kay Arndt, of Cherokee; his children :Tim Lacy of Sidney, Neb. ,Rich Arndt of Alliance, Neb., Jonathan Arndt and his wife Christy of Chipley, Fla.; and Tara Arndt of Lincoln, Neb.; and four grandchildren; Brennan, Ashanti, Maya and Jacob.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Larry Lemke and DCE Matt Eiden will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com . In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Lutheran World Relief, or the Orphan Grain Train.