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Rodney Leo Arnett


Rodney Leo Arnett, 77, of Fort Myers, FL, a former resident passed away peacefully visiting family and friends, Sunday, March 17, 2024,  in Carlinville.

Rodney was born Aug. 24, 1946, in Carlinville, a son of Charles Leo and Norma Lee Converse Arnett.

Rodney graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1964.

He married Rita Lippold, in 1966.

Rodney touched the lives of many, but his passions lie with his love of the transportation industry and agriculture.

Rodney along with his wife Rita and his brother Jerry, built their business from the ground up. They bought their first fertilizer spreader from Morris Stults.  Then they started hauling their own lime, so they needed semis.  Through the years they owned a school bus route, and continued to grow Lippold & Arnett Trucking Inc. into a multimillion dollar business with six locations; Carlinville, Springfield, Granite City, Decatur, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Grand Prairie, Texas.

He found joy in farming too. His favorite farm was “the garden spot of America” in the Greene County river bottoms.

He loved to push the limits.  In his lifetime, he road mechanical bulls, bungee jumped, sky dived, snow skied, road in biplanes, and played softball.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Rita Arnett of Fort Myers, FL; daughters, Jeana Arnett-Smith of Chatham, Kelly (Robert) Passalacqua of Carlinville; granddaughters, Paige Smith, Megan Passalacqua, Victoria Smith; grandson, Devon Passalacqua; brother, Ross E. Arnett of Hillview; sisters, Coline Hill of Valparaiso, IN and Laura Arnett of Godfrey.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, Charles Leo Arnett; mother, Norma Lee Arnett and son, Randy Arnett.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2024, 4 to 7 p.m. at Ss Mary & Joseph Catholic Church., 2010 E. 1st St., Carlinville.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2024 at Ss Mary & Joseph Catholic Church, Carlinville.

Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, Carlinville.

Memorials may be made to Chesterfield Community Fish Fry.

Visit to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, is in charge of arrangements.