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Arnold Mizner - June 28, 2012


Arnold Mizner was born on June 6, 1921 at Harvard, Neb. He was the fifth of six children born to Roy and Ethel Wadsworth Mizner. The family moved to a farm northeast of Brandon, Neb. when Arnie was an infant. He grew up on the farm, attending elementary school at District #8 where he rode a horse to school. He later graduated from Perkins County High School in Grant, Neb. in 1938. He moved to Madrid, Neb. in 1940.
Arnie was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1942. Arnie served in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. He was stationed in Italy until July of 1944 and served in Okinawa until his return to the states in December of 1945. He received his honorable discharge in January of 1946. He returned to Madrid and worked at the Grant Bakery.
Arnie was married to Eva Mae Maurice in Oberlin, Kan. on May 16, 1949. They lived their entire married life in Madrid where Arnie served as the manager of the Adams Lumber Company for 44 years. Eva Mae preceded Arnie in death in 1998. Arnie continued to live at his home in Madrid until December of 2011 when he moved to the Grand Island Veteran’s Home. He had been failing in health and died early Thursday morning, June 28, 2012. He had reached the age of 91.
Arnie was a member of the Madrid American Legion Post and the V.F.W. He was a past member of the Madrid United Methodist Church before transferring to the First Congregational Church in Grant. He had belonged to the Madrid Lions Club.
In addition to his parents and wife, Arnie was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert, Lawrence, and Willie and one sister, Ardyth Walters.
He is survived by two sons, Gary and wife Susan of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mike and wife Cindy of Grand Island, Neb.; four grandsons, Matt, Phillip, Brandon, and Bryan Mizner; one granddaughter, Sarah Draeger; six great-grandchildren and one brother, Harold in Iowa; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were July 3, 2012 at the Grant First Congregational Church with Pastor Larry Booth officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery with a military tribute by the Nebraska National Guard and the Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.