Arnold Pille Obituary

Arnold Joseph Pille
Arnold Pille
Arnold Joseph Pille

May 28, 1926 - March 21, 2010
Born in Haverhill, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Arnold Joseph Pille, 83, passed away peacefully at Ramsey Village in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday, March 21, 2010. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am., Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2926 Beaver Ave., Des Moines. Friends are encouraged to visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 66th & Douglas, Urbandale, where a Vigil service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at Newton Union Cemetery, Newton, IA.

Arnold was born May 28, 1926, to Alphonse and Christina (Knoll) Pille in Haverhill, Iowa. He graduated from Newton High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Army. He was wounded in February 1945, in combat in France, earning a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts before he was 19 years old. After the war, he returned to Newton, where he worked briefly at Montgomery Wards and met his future wife, Eileen McConeghey. Arnie and Eileen were married on June 4, 1947 and moved to Des Moines, where Arnold graduated from the American Institute of Business in 1948. He immediately started work at National Travelers Life Insurance Co., where he enjoyed a productive career until he retired as Vice President of Systems Management from NTL in 1981. After retirement, he accepted a position as auditor with the State of Iowa Insurance Commission, where he worked until 1988, when he and Eileen retired to their lake home at Longville, Minnesota. In 1998, they returned to Des Moines and made their home in Urbandale.

Arnold was a long time faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines and of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Longville. He was also a long time member of the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and served those and many other organizations as a volunteer or officer.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Eileen; daughter, Laurie (Joseph) Tiffany of LaCrosse, WI; sons, Michael (Jane) Pille of Omaha, NE, Joel (Julie) Pille of West Des Moines and Dana Pille of Des Moines; grandchildren, Nathan (Julie) Robinson, Sarah (Ryan) Robinson Lee, Brian Pille, Karen Pille, Katie Pille and Meg Pille; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Chase Robinson; sisters, Ann Marie Jones of Ankeny, IA and Virginia (Eugene) Strohman of Sigourney, IA; brothers, Jerry (Shirley) Pille of Dallas, TX and Wilfred Pille of Aurora, IL and brother-in-law, William Neal of Cincinnati, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Neal; and an infant brother, Louis.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to: The Greater Iowa Alzheimer's Association, Iowa Hospice, Ramsey Village or Wesley Acres Adult Daycare.

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St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663-66th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2926 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Thursday, March 25, 2010
11:00 AM
Newton Union Cemetery
1601 W. Fourth Street North
Newton, IA US 50208-1752
Thursday, March 25, 2010
2:30 PM


Ramsey Village
1611-27th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Wesley Acres Adult Day Center
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312