Ervin Wayne Arndt, 84, of McCleary, Washington, died of a pulmonary embolism on November 19, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 9, 1935 in McCleary to Irvin Howard Arndt and Alice Marie (Holmes) Vondrasek. A resident of McCleary for 51 years, he also resided in Maryland, South Carolina, Washington D.C, and California.
Ervin married June Cunningham on June 7, 1958 in San Francisco, California. He served 11 years in the U.S. Navy as an E-6 machine accountant aboard the USS Gilmore. He was then called back to Washington, D.C., where he served out the remainder of his enlistment as a Communications Specialist.
After his discharge from the Navy, Erwin worked for Washington State Department of Information Services, where he was instrumental in setting up and maintaining mainframe computers when they were in their infancy. He continued his career with the State until retiring in 1993.
His interests included playing pinochle, reading, watching sports, and attending family get-togethers.
Ervin is survived by his wife, June Arndt; his children, Christine Smith, Darline (David) Franklin, Ervin Wayne Jr. (Catherine), Aaron Arndt, Carl (Merrilee) Arndt, Charline (Tyrone) Emerson, Jeremy Arndt, Natalie Arndt (Mitch); sister, Lorine Sizemore; half-sister, Diane Nielsen; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Irvin Howard Arndt.; and mother, Alice Marie Vondrasek.
A military service at Tahoma National Cemetery will be announced later.
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