Aubrey Dell Arner, 97, of Ringling, died just before 2 P.M., Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born June 25, 1922 in Ringling, Oklahoma, to Oscar and Dora Arner. He married Mary Ann Sakry on September 9, 1943, who proceeded him in death on April 10, 2018.
Surviving Aubrey are his sister Louise, four children: Ronald Arner, Linda McNulty, Kenneth Arner, and Kelli Schneider; his six grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Aubrey’s father, Oscar Arner, and mother, Dora Arner, and his brother, Jack, preceded him in death.
Aubrey was a long-time resident of Phoenix where he lived since 1947 with his faithful wife. Through the trials of a marriage that lasted 74 years the two never gave up on one another, which resulted in a family that was built on love, joy, and togetherness.
During his 97 years of life on earth, Aubrey was best known for his love of his family and friends. Aubrey’s affection towards his family and friends was felt and heard by everyone who encountered him. All of his conversations were seasoned with the good times he spent with his family and friends, and he always sought to be with those whom he deeply loved. Towards the end of his life, Aubrey lived solely off of his visits from his family, especially after his darling wife’s death, and he desired nothing more – he loved his family above all else.
Aubrey was a man of the outdoors – he loved the sky and the water. Aubrey was a pilot of the skies, so much so that he even built and flew his own airplane. He was also a pilot of his many boats, with which he frequented numerous lakes. Aubrey and his wife, and their friends, made many lasting memoires at the airfields and on the waves. The two were a social couple and loved to go out and enjoy a good time. Additionally, Aubrey was an avid fisherman who loved to wake up early, with pole, tackle, and lure in hand, and venture off to the lake to see what he could catch. Fishing was a joyous experience that he passed on to his many descendants and descendants’ descendants. Aubrey enjoyed many other activities, but none came close to simply being with his family.
Aubrey was a great man who leaves behind a lasting legacy, not because he was a World War II veteran, the grandfather to many grand and great-grandchildren, or one of the most grateful men one would ever meet, but because he impacted countless people with a love and joy that reflects the love and joy he received from his Savior. His legacy of love, joy, and gratefulness will endure for generations, just as his own life did. Even though many will say he left too soon, even after living for 97 years, Aubrey knew it was a good time for him to go home and see his Savior and be with his Mary Ann, from whom he was apart for almost 16 months. Aubrey is now a resident of heaven and lives with his bride in the grace, mercy, and presence of the Triune God.
The viewing is from 5:00-8:00 PM, with Rosary at 7:00 PM, on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020. The funeral service will follow the next day at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 8620 N. 7th St., Phoenix 85020. Following the service, the family will visit the burial site at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Donations can be made to Pillars Hospice Care, LLC 10221 N. 32nd St., Suite H, Phoenix, AZ 85028.Print Obituary & Condolences