Troy Elmer Arbaugh, second child and eldest son of William and Nancy Arbaugh was born on March 8, 1920, in Red Star, Arkansas. He passed
away quietly at home on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Mr. Arbaugh was predeceased by three sisters; Niagria Hurn, Pearl Jones and Jewel (Jackie) Carr. He is survived by four siblings; William (Ezra), Ruby Watkins, Charles and Linda Sharp.
Leaving the Dust Bowl behind, the family left Oklahoma in 1937, migrating to California. Enlisting at age 21 on September 25, 1941 at San Francisco, California, he became a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was honorably discharged with the rank of T-Sgt. on October 27, 1945. He served the majority of his military time in the Pacific.
Returning to California after the service Mr. Arbaugh sought work in Nevada County. He spent five years at Empire Mine before transferring to the timber industry where he worked for the next ten years. He retired from Cal Trans after twenty years as a heavy equipment operator.
Mr. Arbaugh married Helen Pauline Pipher on September 2, 1943 in Terre Haute, Indiana. They had four children; Selma (Buckbee), Troy, Kenneth and Jan (Arbaugh- Highsmith), all living in Grass Valley. Mr. Arbaugh was the patriarch of eleven grandchildren, twenty-eight greatgrandchildren
and four great-great-grandchildren.
Throughout his long life, Mr. Arbaugh was an avid gardener. He become known throughout the Grass Valley area for his incredible tomatoes and grapefruit-size sweet onions. Growing many other varieties of vegetables, Mr. Arbaugh was able to provide enough for his wife and four children to can and freeze in abundance.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Calvary Bible Church on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2:00 in the afternoon.
Mr. Arbaugh has been interred at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley.