August Arns, Jr.

  • Born: April 6, 1934
  • Died: July 31, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services

605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375
Tel. (508) 238-4269

Tribute & Message From The Family

EASTON----August Arns,Jr.,86 of Easton, MA devoted husband of Nancy (Boyle) Arns. Children - Linda J. Arns of Tampa Florida and Jeffrey A. Arns - wife Debora, grandchildren - Amanda and Jonathan Arns of Norton.

Gus' siblings - Alma Blanchard - twin sister - of Attleboro, brother Herman Arns of North Attleboro, June Clavette - North Attleboro, predeceased by sister Alice Belville of Florida.

Gus - graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1952 and Northeastern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Working for Seabeam Instruments in Walpole, Gus supervised the installation of sonar devices on ships in Germany, Spain, England, Holland, India. and Japan.

Gus was a member of the Easton Finance Committee for 14 years. He served as Chairman of the Easton Republican Town Committee for many years . As a member of the Easton Lions Club, he was presented with the Melvin Jones Award for dedicated humanitarian services.

Gus enjoyed playing the trombone in the Canton Community Band and the Double Eagle German Band.

Gus enjoyed gardening - creating beautiful flowers and vegetables. People would often stop to admire his handiwork. Gus had a fondness for all wildlife and rescued many a bird, frog, turtle or squirrel but mostly he loved the turkeys. Gus will be missed by all who knew him and admired his devotion to family, friends and country.

A private ceremony will be held by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gus' memory may be sent to the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts at 1300 West Elm Street Ext. Brockton, MA 02301 or to the Easton Food Pantry 136 Elm Street, North Easton, MA 02356

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Gus was a teenager, best of friends with my three older brothers, when I was just a toddler, 11 years his junior. He always treated me so well, always smiling, including me in their antics. He even tried to teach me to play trombone. I remember his cars, from the enormous sulky track Cadillac phaeton to the tiny bug-eye Austin-Healy Sprite. He and his dad, Big Gus, had pet crows that talked. We'd eat raw hamburger and milk the cows. I loved that farm, and sweet old Mr. Weiss, Gus's grandfather. Gus was a lot like him, big-hearted and kind.

Posted by Kevin Mullen - Pembroke Pines, FL - Family Friend   August 16, 2020

Nancy, Linda & Jeff, I have some many wonderful memories of Gus. Pushing us on the tire swing, collecting fireflies, the pool, canoeing, skating, skiing, marching in his band. The list is endless. What a wonderful childhood we had thanks to Gus and your entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Julianne Boyle - Avon, MA - Family   August 10, 2020

My condolences to Herman ( Sonny ) Arns and the Family, RIP Gus

Posted by Don Reynolds - Friend   August 09, 2020

Mr. sorry to hear of the passing of my dad's best friend. You two can tell all those fishing tales up in heaven now. Truly a great guy. My brother and I have fond memories of our canoe camping trips with Jeff, you and my dad. Condolences to all of the Arns.

Posted by Tim Mullen - Plaiville - Family Friend   August 07, 2020

Our deepest condolences. Gus was a good man and good friend. He will be missed. Our love is extended to Nancy and his family. Ray and Geraldine Wallace

Posted by Ray Wallace - North Easton, MA - Friend   August 06, 2020

I met Gus through the Lions and got to know him better while working at the Thrift Store. There was many a day where he was one of the first ones there to help set-up and the last one to leave at closing. Always had a smile and he got along with all the customers. He will be sorely missed by all that worked with him.

Posted by Matt Soeldner - Friend   August 05, 2020

Gus was such an involved and beloved member of our community. Not easy to be both, but it was for Gus.

I will always remember Gus when the Reindog parade makes its annual march down Main St in December.

My condolences to his family, especially Nancy who too is beloved by many, especially by her fellow Easton Lions!

Posted by Mark Ingalls - Friend   August 05, 2020

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Alice Boyle Chamberlin - Family   August 05, 2020

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by Alice Boyle Chamberlin - Family   August 05, 2020