Funeral services for Philip Arseneault Jr will be held at 11 a.m., Nov. 9, 2018, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home, 401 N. Garden St., Hot Springs, South Dakota. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD.
Philip Joseph Arseneault Jr, 79, passed away Nov. 3, 2018, at Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by family after a battle with dementia. Phil, as known to many, was born Nov. 23, 1938, to Philip J. and Anna (Snow) Arseneault in Augusta, Maine. After graduating from Coney High School in 1956, Philip proudly enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 21 years.
While stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, he met and fell in love with Sharon Halls, who later became his beloved wife on Jan. 16, 1960. To this union, four children were welcomed to complete their family, Charles, Neva, Kristina, and Norma.
During his service in the U.S. Air Force, as a civil engineer, Phil was able to experience the world with his wife and children, being stationed at bases in South Dakota, Guam, Maine, Japan, England, and Minnesota. Phil and Sharon were always exploring new territories with their brood.
Phil retired from the Air Force in 1976 and moved his family to Hot Springs, South Dakota, where he embarked in various jobs, his favorite being a school activities bus driver. He always volunteered to take the wrestling team or gymnastics team on outings and could tell you how many miles it was to any point in the state of South Dakota. If he wasn’t driving on Friday night you may have found him on the “chain gang” at the football field, you never knew.
Phil was always busy, whether he was helping his son Charles with his bait business, tinkering around the house, or going on short excursions in the Black Hills. One of his favorite activities will always be sitting at the local bakery, drinking coffee, and solving the world’s problems.
After the passing of his beloved wife in 2007, he continued to live in Hot Springs until 2014. He then moved to Gillette, Wyoming to be near his daughter Neva, due to health issues.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; parents, Philip and Anna; grandson, Elijah Arseneault; sister, Jean Gray; and half-siblings, Edward (Eddie) Arseneault; Freida Richardson; and Phyllis Hawkes.
Survivors include his children, Charles (Sandy) Arseneault, Custer, South Dakota; Neva (Alan) Mitchard, Gillette, Wyoming; Kristina (Joe) Neuman, Bellaire, Michigan; and Norma (Mike) Anderson, Hot Springs, South Dakota. Other survivors included are sisters, Joanne (Al) Fruzzetti, Massachusetts; Lucille Taylor, Florida; half-sibling, Elizabeth Conley; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY, 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com