Pete Arnold (May 9, 1940 - August 14, 2015)

Pete 1974
Pete Arnold     
Overland Park, KS
Birthday:  May 9, 1940
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Peter J. Arnold of Overland Park, passed away August 14, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park, Kan. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. Peter was born May 9, 1940, the son of Romas and Genevieve (Wysocki) Arnold, in Joliet, Ill. He joined the United States Army in 1957. While serving as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Division, he received the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal for his valiant efforts during combat in the Republic of Vietnam. This passage was quoted from the general orders for his Silver Star Award, "His extraordinary heroism in close combat against a hostile force was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army." He also earned his Master Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantry Badge. He retired from the Army with the rank of Captain. Even after his retirement, Peter was a constant contributor to other service veterans in need. He is preceded in death by his two brothers, Paul and Eugene "Sonny" Arnold and his mother in-law, Frances Mead. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tracy; two children, Peter "Petey" and Alexandra "Princess Baby" Arnold; and his three dog companions, CoCo, Lily and BeBe. Condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arr.: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 438-6444. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory.
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Pete joined Xerox in the early 70’s in the Louisville branch and worked for Tom Heffner in the Evansville Area Sales Office.  My first sales territory was Jim Connor’s old territory (Connor had been promoted). 

My first sales assignment was very successful and after a short time, was promoted to Duplicator Specialist and was granted the opportunity to work with the entire Evansville Sales Team.  Much appreciation needs to be given to Paul Logsdon and Ron Hoffman who taught me about selling duplicators and the business needs of such a product.

When John Robison became our Leader in Evansville, we were all completely impressed with his excitement and enthusiasm.   He introduced the “World Famous Roadrunners” to the entire Xerox Corporation and we were all very proud!  We were extremely victorious! 

In 1973, when Marc Eisner became Branch Manager of the Kansas City Branch, he offered me the position of Area Sales Manager in Topeka, KS; I accepted and moved in September. 

After three years in Kansas, I resigned from Xerox in 1976 and worked for the next 13 years selling large web printing presses and computers.  I was with MCI Telecommunications as a Sales Manager in its growing years.

In 1989, a very good friend and I founded and started InkJet, IncInkJet, Inc is a company that furnishes ink to manufacturing companies that print “code” on thousands of products found in grocery stores for example.  I am now retired and do floors and windows, when told !

I have been married for 18 years to Tracy and have twins 14 years old.  (Petey & Alexandra)
Plus we have two great dogs! We love to travel and have a great time!  

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pete,
Thank you for your military service to our country!

Marc Eisner said...

We've lost a good man!
Marc Eisner

Dave Doll said...

A GREAT MAN HAS GONE TO BE WITH GOD! PETE WAS A GREAT WARRIOR TEACHER FATHER HUSBAND AND A GREAT FRIEND!
His departure greatly saddens me! I am very thankful for all Pete did in touching my life and career!
Dave

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