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(Published in the Auburndale
News-Chief on 17 5mo 2008.)
Ernest Lee Arbuckle
     Ernest Lee Arbuckle, 82, of Haines City, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 of heart failure. He was born July 12, 1925, in Glenville, W.Va., and was the only child of James Erle Arbuckle and Lorena Lee Fries Arbuckle.
     He graduated from Glenville High School in 1942. He enrolled at Glenville State College and completed two semesters before volunteering for service with the United States Army Air Corps. He earned his wings and was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Hondo Air Force Base in Texas. He served with the 15th (Strategic) Army Air Force, 460 Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed the Black Panther, 761st Bomb Squadron in the Mediterranean Theatre. His unit attacked key targets throughout Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Yugoslavia and Greece. From an American airbase located at Spinazzola, Italy, he flew 15 combat missions as a navigator aboard B-24 Liberator bombers. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged from active military service in 1945 with the rank of first lieutenant. He held a bachelor's degree in history from West Virginia University, and earned a master's degree in European history from the same institution. In 1950, he graduated from Harvard Business School with the MBA degree and ranked third in his class.
     He then returned to Glenville, where he was employed by Kanawha Union Bank as its chief financial officer. He was also elected to a seat on the bank's board of directors that he held until 1966. That year, he resigned his position and board seat at the bank to pursue other business interests. In 1977, he was re-elected to the bank's board of directors. Shortly after West Virginia law was changed in 1982 to permit the creation of bank holding companies, he played a pivotal role in forming Heritage Bancorp Inc. Both Kanawha Union Bank and The Weston National Bank were acquired by Heritage. He served as a member of the Heritage Board of Directors until 1988, when the company merged with United Bankshares Inc., of Parkersburg, W.Va.
     He was a past member of the Glenville Rotary Club. He was a member of Gilmer County Lodge No. 118, AF&AM, Valley of Parkersburg, Orient of West Virginia, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, S,J., US.A., and the Nemises Shrine Temple of Parkersburg. He was a former member, deacon and trustee of the Glenville Presbyterian Church. He was a member and former vestryman of St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Haines City. He endowed the Ernest L. Arbuckle Chair at Harvard Business School.
     In 1996, he sailed to France aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth II, along with several hundred other World War II veterans, and attended the ceremonies that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.
     He married Edwina Blackwood Cowart on Aug. 31, 1974. She died Jan. 23, 1983. He married Norma Lee Neitzel Cardin on Oct. 5, 1985. She survives. He is also survived by three stepchildren and two first cousins once removed.
     On Wednesday, at 1 p.m., memorial services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Haines City. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church at P. 0. Box 1810, Haines City, FL 33841. Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home.
(Published in Ledger on 23 10mo 2011.)
Norma Cardin Arbuckle
     Norma Cardin Arbuckle, 78, of Haines City, FL passed away on 10/20/2011 of a stroke. She was born 3/30/1933 in Owatonna, MN and moved here from there in 1956 with her first husband, John F. Cardin.
     Norma worked for several companies in a secretarial capacity, lastly at the Holiday Inn in Davenport retiring in 1985. She attended St Marks Episcopal church and volunteered as a Pink Lady at Heart of Florida Hospital and she did a lot of traveling with her second husband, Ernest Arbuckle.
     Norma is predeceased by both of her husbands and is survived by her son, John Cardin of Lakeland, FL and siblings, Dorothy Crawford of Rochester, MN and Richard Neitzel of Dodge Center, MN.
     A visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 pm and the funeral will be Wednesday at 2 pm all at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City. Condolences may be sent via www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.
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