In Memory of Arnold Braasch

Rensselaer, Indiana, is a sleepy town nestled between the bustling metros of Chicago and Indianapolis. It was the hometown of our dear friend and charter-member, Arnold Braasch. Yesterday, we learned of Arnold’s passing.

A member of the staff called a local florist to order an arrangement to honor his memory. It should have been no surprise that before we could get his name from our lips, the florist said, “Oh yes, dear Arnold. Such a nice man … oh, did he love trucks,” and she began to recount her fondest memories.

Arnold was well-known for his generous spirit and devotion to family and community. He gave freely of his time and energy to causes he cared about: his church, the local food pantry, and ATHS.

Arnold had been fascinated by trucks since he was a boy and believed in the importance of preserving this unique history for future generations. Arnold was a founding member of ATHS. But Arnold not only talked about the mission, he lived it. He served in just about every leadership role available, from volunteering to help start several local Chapters to serving as both Treasurer and President of the Board of Directors. He was also a Golden Achievement Award winner for 50-years of service in the industry, with all 50 at Talbert Manufacturing. Arnold was a steadfast leader and friend to all who knew him.

We’re pretty sure Arnold never met a stranger. If he saw someone out and about with a truck, he would walk right up to them and start talking; before long, the conversation always came back to ATHS. He was a grand champion and ambassador for the organization and mission, and his leadership, drive, and vision will be sorely missed.

Please join all of us at ATHS in honoring Arnold and his legacy of kindness and generosity.

1 Comment
  1. Doug Ritter
    May, 14, 2021

    Oh, how I wish every one had known this dear character, Arnold. He seemed to be the very soul of kindness and lighthearted cheerfulness. His good nature must certainly have added some number of years to his life of service and contribution. When he spoke at a Board meeting, you could feel the respect in the attention given to his congenial wisdom. One day on lunch break from a Board meeting at ATHS Headquarters, I asked Arnold how he was doing. “Oh, you know, hips, knees!” He was in pain, but even in his brief straightforward and chuckling answer, he wasn’t complaining. He was merely answering my question. His pain would never be mentioned by him otherwise. When beloved former Michigan regional Vice President Jim Bibb passed, the phone rang and it was Arnold, asking where the funeral was. There he met me. A complete gentleman. May he Rest In Peace. My condolences to the family. They can be so proud to claim their lineage to him. I’m proud to say I had the privilege of knowing him.

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