Arnold Lavern Rettig

arnold rettig

November 11, 1928 ~ March 18, 2022

Born in: Butler, PA
Resided in: Jonesboro, GA

Mr. Arnold Rettig, 93 of Jonesboro, GA, passed away Friday March 18, 2022. Mr. Rettig was a dedicated husband and father, and a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in McDonough, GA.

Arnold was born on November 11, 1928, in Butler, PA to Adolph and Helen (Protzman) Rettig. He served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He began his work career as a stock clerk with the SS Kresge Company and worked his way through the various levels of retail store management and retired as a store manager after a 40-year career with the Kmart Corporation in 1984. He married his wife of 54 years, Barbara (Baglin) in 1956, who preceded him in death in 2010.

He loved traveling, woodworking, and spending time with his family. He was a spiritual man and involved himself in many church activities, including singing in the choir and taking care of the church property.

He is survived by a son Mark Rettig (Beverly) of Griffin, GA; daughter Kim Stephens (Drew) of Colorado Springs, CO and daughter Amy Earp (Kenny) of Stockbridge, GA; grandchildren Adam Rettig (Elizabeth) of Sharpsburg, GA; Andrew Rettig (Alyssa) of Canton, GA; Abigail Rettig of Acworth, GA; Noelle Peek of Colorado Springs, CO; Heather Childress (Chris) of Johns Island, SC; Monica Mitvalsky (Michael) of Woodland Park, CO; Courtney Gajda (Peter) of Stockbridge, GA; Kenneth Earp (Lauren) of Stockbridge, GA; Cory Earp (Ashley) of McDonough, GA; Austin Earp (Erin) of Covington, GA; and great-grandchildren Cooper, Maggie, and Harvey Rettig of Canton, GA; Elliott Peek of Colorado Springs, CO; Madeline and Harrison Childress of Johns Island, SC; Milo and Max Mitvalsky of Woodland Park, CO; Landon, Colt, Bryson, and Harper Grace Gajda of Stockbridge, GA; Liam and Memphis Earp of Stockbridge, GA; and Parker, Mason, Charlotte, and Brooks Earp of McDonough, GA.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Arnold Rettig will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, McDonough, GA, at 3:00 pm. Pastor Robb Harrell will officiate.

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  1. Linda/Mike Hoover says:

    Love you all. Praying for your family. God,s blessings to all of you. Mike and Linda

  2. Ray Porter says:

    Arnold was a good man. Whenever something needed to be done, he (and for a long time, his buddy LJ Adair) would show up and do whatever needed to be done. He and Barbara raised a wonderful family which is his legacy. May God comfort you in your grief. Please accept the condolences and love of the Porter family.
    Ray Porter

  3. Melinda Harwood says:

    I only met Mr. Rettig a couple of times, but I knew about his character from his children. He and his wife were well loved. Prayers for his family. Rest in peace, Mr Rettig, in the presence of your saviour.

  4. The Baker family says:

    Prayers for Mark, Kim, Amy and their families. We all loved Arnold and all he did for us at church and in his extended family! We were blessed to know him!

  5. Beverly Seeton says:

    I’m sorry i cannot be with you today as you celebrate Arnold’s life. He was a special person and I am better for having known him. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Rettig family.

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