William G Arensman, 84, gained his wings Wednesday when he passed away at Norton Hospital in Louisville. He served in the Army and Air Force for 30 years before working as a forklift driver and maintenance worker for General Electric for 20 years. He married Nell McLain just after 6 days of courtship and they celebrated 62 wedding anniversaries. He never met a stranger, loved children and making people laugh. He was better known around his church as either ‘Papaw Bill’ or ‘The Candy Man’.
His children describe William as an honorable man who led by example. He always did what he believed was right in the eyes of God, no matter what anyone thought. He instilled in his family a love of God, family and country and taught them that a man’s word is as binding as a written contract. He was strong in his faith and towards the end of his life, prayed not for himself, but for his family’s comfort during this difficult time. He said he would not go until God called for him and chose his last few lucid moments to tell his family “I love you, and don’t you forget it”.
William is survived by his wife – Nell McLain Arensman; sons – Roy Arensman (Heather) and George Arensman; daughters – Teresa Gaddis, Lynnie Wilson (Gilbert) and Kim Roberts; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren with another great on the way!
He is preceded in death by his parents - Frederick and Myrtle Arensman; son – William Lee Arnesman; brother – Homer F. Arensman.
Visitation will take place on Monday, 3-8 PM at Naville & Seabrook Funeral Home (1119 E. Market St.) and Tuesday, 12-1 PM with funeral service following at 1 PM.
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