Graveside services for Arnold James Nass, 93, of Tyler, formerly of Dallas, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Palestine, Texas, with Mnsgr Zach officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.
Arnold passed away on May 13, 2013 in Tyler, Texas.
He was born near Suring, Wis. to Henry C. and Gertrude A. Nass on Feb. 7, 1920 and graduated from Horlich High School in Racine, Wis.
He married Rose Mary McDonald Nass of Palestine on April 28, 1942. He served in World War II from July 1941 until February 1946 in the U.S. Army Air Force and earned the rank of captain. He completed 35 combat missions over Europe during 1944, including D-Day, as a B-24 pilot in the 445th Bomb Group of the Second Air Division of the Eight Air Force for which he received several campaign medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to Texas and instructed student pilots in the B-24 and the B-29. After serving his country, he became active in the oil and gas exploration business as a landman, then general partner and founder of three energy related companies.
Arnold was a former member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Dallas Petroleum Club, the Energy Club, the Liberator Club, the Second Air Division Association, the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, the Mighty Air Force Museum, the National WWII Museum, the Historic Aviation Museum and the Knights of Columbus.
In his later years, he was regularly interviewed about his WWII experiences and he became an outspoken defender of the U.S. Constitution, earning him the nickname “The Senator”.
Arnold was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Rose Mary McDonald Nass; his father and mother, Henry and Gertrude Nass; brothers, Gordon Knaus and Melvin Nass; and sisters, Henrietta Nass and Loretta Smercheck.
He is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Carla Brown and Jim, Mary Lynn Jaster and Tom, Arnette Goodwin, Shawn Clark and William, Jo Ellen Kitchens and Lynn; and son, Arnold Nass and Rebecca. In addition, he is also survived by nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; brother, Charles Nass; and sister, Jeannette Weigert.
The family wishes to extend its appreciation to the staff of Rosewood Estates and to Rose Taylor and Linda Jones for keeping their eye on Daddy for us.
Memorials may be made to Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation, 4301 Fillbrook Lane, Tyler, Texas 75707.
Condolence calls will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Palestine.
Reception at 1:30 p.m. at Rosewood Estates, 506 Rice Road, Tyler, Texas 75703.
To view online, leave condolences or sign guestbook go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com.