Saturday, December 18, 2010

Arnold Benjamin Wurnelle

Arnold Benjamin Wurm/Wurnelle, son of Philip John and Elizabeth (Missig) Wurm, was born 16 December, 1883 at Sandusky, Ohio.  Arnold was a twin to Rheinhold "Reynold" Wurm.  As an adult Arnold changed his last name to Wurnelle.  His first marriage was to Mary Bradley Crotty.  Arnold and Mary had two children and later divorced.  Their children were later adopted by Mary's second husband, Joseph McEvoy, thus changing their surname to McEvoy.  In 1918, Arnold was living at Denver, Colorado.  His second marriage was on 12 July 1920 at Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana to Opal Ridings.  Opal was born about 1899 to Fred and Nellie (Busby) Ridings.  It is believed that Arnold and Opal later divorced.  Arnold's obituary states he was precede in death by his wife, Mae, but no further information on Mae is available.  Arnold died in December 1969 at Kansas City, Missouri.

Obituary of Arnold B. Wurnelle - Sandusky Register, Sandusky, Ohio, 24 Dec 1969, page 3
"Arnold B. Wurnelle, 86, Kansas City, Mo., died Monday at the Jackson County Public Hospital in KAnsas City.

He was born in Sandusky and was an actor in vaudeville most of his life, retiring about 1940.

Survivors include a son, Renny McEvoy, North Hollywood, Calif., a former actor himself: three grandchildren: eight great grandchildren: a brother, Carl and a sister, Mrs. Tess Ennis, both of Sandusky and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae, and a son, Harold.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Funeral services are to be held Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the David Suitor Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, the Rev. Thomas Marlborough officiating.  Burial is to be in Calvary Cemetery."

Arnold Benjamin and Mary Bradley (Crotty) Wurm/Wurnelle had two children:

1 - Reynold Thomas "Renny" Wurnelle/McEvoy (1905-1987)
2 - Harold Arnold Wurnelle/McEvoy was born 15 March 1907 at Sandusky, Ohio and died 30 April 1935 at Toledo, Ohio.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetery at Toledo, Ohio.

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