June 16, 1931 ~ November 11, 2020

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Arnold VanZandt, 89, passed away Nov. 11, 2020. Survived by wife of 47 years, Patty; children, Randy (Arlene) Scott, Karen (Paul) Smith and Ron (Alina) VanZandt; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Josephine Contorno and family and LaVonne (Bob) McCollom and family. Preceded in death by parents, Bertrand Bruce and Rhoeine (Boltz) VanZandt; and brothers, Aubrey and Bert VanZandt. Arnie was born on June 16, 1931, in Pueblo, Colo. and worked at and retired from Colorado Association of Realtors. He enjoyed playing chess, outside activities and special games with the grandkids. Arnie truly loved the music of the Pueblo Symphony. He enjoyed making public speeches and making everyone smile. His motto was, “The only thing that makes any sense any more is a Sense of Humor.” Arnie was a member of the Pueblo Symphony Board; 2020 Commission; Pueblo Lodge No. 17, AF&AM; and Pachyderms of Pueblo. Graveside service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Mountain View Cemetery, 1315 Acero Ave. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the Pueblo Symphony, 301 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO  81003. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com


Graveside Service: November 17, 2020 2:00 pm

Mountain View Cemetery of Pueblo
1315 Acero Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004


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  1. CandleImageA Tribute to a wonderful man who shared his wisdom and heart. Our relationship of working together at the Colorado Association of REALTORS will always be remembered. Especially, when he would serenade all of us to the tune of “Don’t Fence Me In” at our annual dinner. Arnie, you will be truly missed and forever in our hearts. Our Prayers are with you now Patty. Kevin Cook and Connie Salazar

  2. CandleImageDearest Patti, Arnie was our all time favorite part of CAR. Being a big R REALTOR could never have happened without him. One of the things I remember most was his “stopping” me from swearing…can’t remember where we were but it was one of the southern boards; I tripped and let out a streak of really bad words and dear Arnie said something like “you’re going to have to stop that if you intend to become president” and, of course, I did.

    We’re so eager to see you again, the sooner, the better.

  3. Dearest Patty,
    Arnie’s compassion, caring and incredible humor will live forever. I cherish the Past President’s dinners and Arnie entertaining us with his wonderful songs. He was always so supportive and willing to share his knowledge and experience. I am blessed to have the honor and privilege to have known this incredible man. Arnie you will be missed by Colorado Realtors and all who knew you. Prayers are with Patty and the family.

    Kay & Skip

  4. Arnie will be missed. As neighbors, we couldn’t ask for better ones. We are here for you and just a phone call or a knock away. Please if you need anything at all, we are here for you. Prayers go out to you and your family.
    Renee and Paul Martinez

  5. Arnie,
    I just wanted to thank you for all the help & support you and Patty gave to the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. I have so many good memories of your friendship. God Bless.
    J. Michael Beck

  6. CandleImageSo very sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. What a great personality and always with a smile, hugs and a joke. It was a pleasure to be associated with such a great guy. He will be missed and my sympathy goes out to Patty and family. Rest in Peace.

  7. Patty, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and Arnie made me feel so welcome at the TaiChi class at the Y months & months ago. I’m trying to keep the great sense of humor he had. You too, Patty! Remember our giggles at class? Hugs! Marian Mead

  8. My deepest condolences to Patti and all of Arnie’s family. He was one SPECIAL GUY in so many ways. ALWAYS a joy to be around. I’ve missed he and Patti at the YMCA for ages.
    Love and hugs to you all. 🤗❤️

  9. Arnie was always ready for a joke and a laugh. Whenever Arnie and my husband Nick got together it was always a good time. No matter wherever they were Nick would yell…Arnie! and Arnie would yell back…Nick! I know that he treasured the bottle of Johnny Walker Black that my father, Johnny Walker, signed especially for him. I will miss the laughter and the hugs. XXOO

  10. Patti, my deepest condolences for your loss. You and Arnie were so sweet to me all the time. I have nothing but good memories of him always smiling, always telling a joke. He is fondly remembered.

  11. CandleImageDear Patty;
    My heart aches for you and your family. Arnie was and always will be a special part of the lives of Colorado Realtors,
    he made everything so much better by being involved in our profession. He will be missed by so many of us past presidents who worked hand in hand with him during our terms in office. His sense of humor was contagious and we all loved his stories and famous song he sang faithfully at the past presidents dinners for so many years.
    Please knw you will be in my thoughts and prayers and if you need anything just call.
    Deepest sympathy to all of the family. God Bless and Keep you close.

  12. Arnie has been missed for quite sometime already at the YMCA. Patty, I am so sorry. The two of you had a love and marriage that will continue to be an inspiration for all. Love, Cheri Ward

  13. Patty,
    Please accept our sincere condolences. Arnie was a great leader and mentor to a lot of REALTORS. Respectfully,
    Tess Pickerel, AE
    Pueblo Association of REALTORS

  14. Arnie, you always made Debi and I so welcome and a part of the Realtor family. It was a pleasure and honor to call you and Patty our friends.

    God Bless, Rest In Peace

    Bill and Debi Schwabe

  15. Our lives are better for having you in our TaiChi family. RIP dear Arnie. You will be missed dear friend. Love, Dale and Rita Welch.

  16. Arnie, it was a pleasure to meet you and work for you for the short time I did back in 1993 at the Colorado Association of REALTORS. Thank you for checking on me and giving me advice throughout my career at CAR. You and Patty were one of the first people to call and congratulate me when I became the CEO of CAR and give me more advice on how to be successful in this role! I am very grateful for the both of you and always looked forward to seeing you. You will be missed!

    Rest in peace my friend!


  17. God Speed to you Arnold. It was good to have worked with you at the Star-Journal/Chieftain for several years. Fond memories to be sure!

  18. Arnie, we will all miss your wonderful jokes, sense of humor and – just you. Rest in peace my wonderful friend and classmate.
    Love always, Pattee and your classmates

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