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Feb. 10, 1927 — Dec. 7, 2017
Arnold “Arnie” Leland Formo Jr., 90, of Wilson, passed away Thursday. His memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Arnie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Arnold L. Formo and Manilla Landru Formo on Feb. 10, 1927. He served in the Army in Marburg, Germany from 1945-47 and swam on the Allied Swim Team. Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota. Arnie worked with his father in business, Collapsible Container Company in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He met and married the love of his life, Arla Marie Koch. In 1958, the company moved to Wilson. He eventually took over the running of the company. Arnie was a supporter of the Boy Scouts, working with scouts for more than 40 years. He joined the Raleigh Area Masters Swim Club and competed nationally.
Arnie is survived by his children, Wendy Formo Akers of Clarkston, Georgia, Arnold “Lee” Leland Formo III, and wife, Mary Alice Williamson, of Monroe, Virginia, Steven Neil Formo, and wife, Dawn Boyette, of Halifax, Richard Alan Formo, and wife, Jesus Perez Baudriz, of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, Brian David Formo, and wife, Erin McIntosh of Wilson and Marcy Formo Weston, and husband, Danny, of Kenansville; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arla Koch Formo.
Flowers are welcome or memorials in Arnie’s honor may be directed to the Boy Scouts, East Carolina Council, P.O. Box 1698, Kinston, NC 28503.
Condolences may be directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home at www.joyners.net.
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