Arnold William Hartgrave, a 38 year resident of Wenatchee, passed away on January 23, 2011, with his family at his side. He was born in Graniteville, MO on February 19, 1933, to the late Arthur and Naomi (Wills) Hartgrave. Arnie spent 30 years as a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration (SSA), which is how he met his wife of nearly 49 years, Betty. He attended Seattle University on the GI Bill, after serving in the Air Force. Arnie fulfilled a longtime dream by earning his J.D. from Gonzaga University later in life, and after retiring from SSA, he started a paralegal business, which he found very rewarding. Arnie was dedicated to his family and friends and was known to them as a caring person with a very big heart. He often downplayed his own qualities and achievements, but was constant in his praise and encouragement of others, never letting them forget his love and pride. Arnie was also a man of great faith and, in lieu of flowers, his family suggests memorials be made in honor of his memory to the St. Joseph Building Fund or to the charity of your choice.
Survivors include his wife, Betty (Purcell) Hartgrave; his son, Greg Hartgrave of Vancouver, WA; his daughter, Laurie (Eduardo) Vasquez and grandsons, Matias and Marcos Vasquez, all of Kenmore, WA; and nephews, Philip (Sue) Cavanaugh, James Cavanaugh and Douglas Hartgrave. He also called himself a "surrogate grandpa" to the Blauman children, Amy, Michele, Jeremy, Tim, Greg, Ben, Nathan and Kristina. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Kenneth Andrew Hartgrave; his brothers, James Cavanaugh, John Hartgrave and Ray Cavanaugh; and his nephew, John Cavanaugh.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wenatchee on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at www.jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.