Hulet “Bill” Arms, 82, died Jan. 12, 2013, after a long battle with silicosis of the lungs, at The Laurels of Defiance, Defiance.
He was born Oct. 23, 1930, in a W.M. Ritter Lumber Camp in Bucu, Dickenson County, Va.,the son of John T. and Bonnie Lester Arms.He was raised in Buchanan County, Va. On Aug. 30, 1963, he married Linda R. Richards, who survives.
In 1948 he graduated second in his class as salutatorian from Council High School, Council, Va. He started his working career in the late 1940s as a trucker in the southwest Virginia logging industry. He served four years, 1950 to 1954, in the Air Force, spending three years of his tour in Germany. In 1955, he moved to Mount Vernon. There he gained employment at the Mount Vernon Bridge Works and the Cooper-Bessemer Foundry. In 1971, he relocated his family to northwest Ohio and started his employment at General Motors Central Foundry/Powertrain, Defiance, and retired in 1996, after 25 years. He was a proud member of United Auto Workers Local 211, Defiance, and a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 54, Van Wert, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4027 ,Mount Vernon. He was a member of Zion Masonic Lodge 0009 Free & Accepted Masons, Mount Vernon, and the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro, Ky.
Bill loved to tell of his experience while serving his military tour in Europe and of meeting John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in Dublin, Ireland. The two actors were filming his favorite movie “The Quiet Man.” He was a passionate lifelong fan of bluegrass music, especially Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, Don Reno, Lester Flatt and Mac Wiseman. He enjoyed traveling to various Bluegrass festivals and shows with his wife to see their son perform with Rick Prater & The Midnight Travelers and also the music their son participated in at the Famous Old Time Music Company, Wapakoneta, and at The Bluegrass Opry Barn, Oakwood. He was a fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt. One of Bill’s favorite pastimes was visiting his extended family and staying in touch with them by phone.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Linda R. Arms, of Oakwood; cherished son, John E. Arms, of Oakwood; a brother, John D. (Linda N.) Arms, of Oakwood; a sister, Ruby (Ronald-deceased) Jenkins, of Mount Vernon; six nieces; three nephews; a great-nephew; seven great-nieces; longtime friend, Wayne (Nellie) Tusing, of Harrisonburg, Va.; and many true friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Cathleen M.; grandparents, Will and Kate Arms and Melvin and Nancy Lester; and numerous aunts and uncles and many cousins.
He was of the Baptist faith. He was a kind and affectionate husband, a fond father and friend to all.
There will be a memorial service for Bill on Saturday at The Bluegrass Opry Barn, 9461 state Route 66, Oakwood, Paulding County. The service will start at 2 p.m., with visitation two hours prior to the start of services.
Those wishing to send flowers in memory of Bill can do so for the memorial service.
The family will accept donations which will be distributed to worthy charities and organizations connected to lung disease research.
Arrangements are being handled by Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood,Paulding County.
Online condolences may be sent to heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.