Arnold D. Guilfoil, 82, passed away on Jan. 9, 2019
Arnold Dewey Guilfoil, 82, of Rose Hill, was welcomed into heaven on Jan. 9, 2019.
Arnold was born Oct. 9, 1936 in Lincoln, Neb. to Dewey D. Guilfoil and Florence C. (Bruce) Guilfoil.
Arnold attended Ainsworth High School in Ainsworth, Neb., where he became a Golden Glove boxer. He graduated in 1953 at the age of 16.
The Guilfoil family lived on a ranch near Wood Lake, Neb. and eventually settled on a ranch south of Long Pine, Neb. Arnold was raised with two older brothers, Harry and Frank. As the youngest, Arnold developed a high pain tolerance from their many brotherly adventures, which proved helpful recovering from a childhood accident in which he nearly lost a leg. This injury did not stop him from pursuing his passions of raising horses, training horses and the sport of rodeo in which he rode bareback, bulls and participated in steer wrestling and roping.
Arnold met the love of his life, Yvonne M. Ritterbush, while she was a RN at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett, Neb. They were married July 8, 1961.
Arnold and Yvonne eventually settled on the Guilfoil family ranch. There were fences and windmills to build, check and mend and many prized horses to watch over and children to raise. Their son, Howard, was born in 1962, daughter, Sharon, was born in 1964.
In the spring of 1974, Yvonne and Arnold relocated to a ranch outside of Rose Hill. Yvonne worked as an RN in various hospitals and nursing homes in the area. Arnold worked as a machinist for Cessna Aircraft until his retirement in 1998. Their daughter, Megan, was born in 1984.
Yvonne and Arnold shared a great love of animals and humor, which they passed on to their children.
Arnold is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 56 years, Yvonne; his son, Howard Guilfoil; and brother, Harry Guilfoil.
Survived by: daughters, Sharon (Heather Angelinetta) Guilfoil and Megan (Ryan) Rice; grandsons, Dalton Guilfoil and Wm. Braden Rice; granddaughters, Janessa Raines and Katelynn Rice; brother, Frank (Donna) Guilfoil; and numerous nieces and nephews; many dear friends including, Ray and Wanda Ring.
A private family service will be held at later date.
Memorials can be made in Arnold’s name to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund,
http://www.justincowboycrisisfund.org/donate/ or by mail to: Julie Jutten, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.
Arrangements by Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta.