In Loving Memory of Arnold Tisch: 1929-2022


Arnold “Arnie” E. Tisch, 93, passed away on Nov. 22, 2022, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Arnie was born on June 8, 1929, in Tacoma to parents Ed and Helen Tisch ("Gramps" and "Grandma"). His sister, Elaine, rounded out the family. 

Arnie's parents had a small farm where he was introduced to gardening and livestock. Arnie really disliked milking the cows and would often say so. After growing up on the farm, Arnie moved to Seward, Alaska, where he met and married his first wife, Wilma Myers. Arnie and Wilma had three children: Richard, David and Debi. 

After this marriage ended, Arnie was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an MP. Arnie then met and married his second wife, Carol, and they had three children: John, Jim and Gail. Arnie and Carol later divorced. 

Arnie proudly served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Anchorage, Alaska, and was eventually transferred to Juneau. He then met his third wife, Joyce Kunz, and they were married on May 4, 1983. This marriage added four stepchildren — Paula, Vickie, Greg and Kori — and numerous grandchildren to his clan, who thought of him lovingly as a second dad and "Grandpa Tisch." 

Arnie and Joyce made their home in Juneau until 1993, at which time Arnie retired and they made the move to a beautiful six-acre property in Ethel, Washington. They affectionately referred to it as "Tisch's Aching Acres." Arnie and Joyce made wonderful, lifelong friends there, and many world problems were solved over breakfast and coffee at the center table at Kelley's Kountry Kafe. Arnie never wanted to miss a day at Kelley's and carried his coffee cup in his vehicle. 

Arnie and Joyce had a wonderful 26-year partnership until Joyce's death in 2009. The family would like to thank all of the Kelley's crew and friends over the years for their companionship and watchful eye over Arnie as he aged. The family would especially like to thank his friends Eldon, Sam and Norm for the assistance and care they provided to Arnie during the last years of his life. 

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