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ARNEL, Henry Loyd Jr.
ARNEL, Henry Loyd Jr. Born November 28, 1954, in Los Angeles, Calif., Henry was a gift from God who brought love and sunshine to all who knew him. After graduating from Columbia Special Education School, he went to work at a Sheltered Workshop in Torrance. Henry and his mother moved from Torrance to Lancaster, Calif., in 1986, and he started work at Desert Haven Enterprises, a workshop for the Developmentally Disabled. In 2007, due to health reasons, Henry transitioned into Desert Havens Project Independence, a program that provided him a fun, relaxed, social and learning experience. In both programs he learned many life skills in addition to developing longtime relationships with dedicated staff and fellow consumers. Henry participated in Scouting in Torrance and Special Olympics in both Torrance and Lancaster. He collected many trophies and medals for basketball, softball, volleyball, swimming, diving, roller skating, and his favorite, bowling. Henry enjoyed being with family and friends especially for parties and dancing. He liked to sing along with Elvis music and Oldies. Henry was everyones friend, his favor- ite saying 'I know you' would accompany a big hug. Preceded in death by his Mother, Nadine Arnel, father, Henry Arnel, sister, Carol Rodenbucher, nephew David Moreno and favorite aunt Alverta Whitesides. Left to cherish his precious memories are sisters, Nancy James and his 'Best Buddy' Jim Goodner, Patricia and Harry Herr, and Kathy Scroghem. Henry not only loved his sisters and brother-in-laws, he was very close to his nieces and nephews, Steven Seward, Evelyn and Stephen Strader, Denise High, Lisa and Todd Swanson, Jeff and Shelly James, Jason and Breanne James, J.R. and Desiree James, Theresa Burkett, Kevin Scroghem, and Cameron Arnel. Henry also loved his special cousin, Rose McMurtry and many other extended family members. Henry was able to live a full life not only because of love and care provided by family, but excellent care from his longtime doctors, Dr. Parazo, Dr. S. Nathan, Dr. A. Kumar, Dr. Heller and Dr. Negom. During his last months, Henry was provided exceptional care with dignity and compassion by Dr. DeLima, Anita, Danielle, and Joel of Hoffman Hospice. With their help, Henry was able to pass away in the comfort of home surrounded by love of family on August 31, 2012. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, both at Halley Olsen Murphy, Lancaster. Internment will be held at Joshua Memorial Park.

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