A good man and an accomplished attorney died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Arnold C. Nye passed at the perfect moment after many long years in the practice of law and of a loving relationship with his wife and his children and his grandchildren and their children. He was born under the cover of the whitest blizzard in Newton, Kan., on Dec. 17, 1925.
He was the youngest of three children born to J. Sidney and Grace (Cochran) Nye. Arnold graduated from Newton High in 1943 and, with the permission of his parents, joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served on the USS Solomons CVE 67. After his service, Arnold married his childhood sweetheart, Kathy Ashbaugh. For more than 70 years, they learned to live in the broadest and most loving way. Their union created three exceptional children who loved them to the end of eternity. Arnold learned to practice law in the 9th Judicial District to be an attorney for 30 years with his father, J. Sidney, and another 30 years with his son, Gregory.
And he learned to practice his profession with kindness that he discovered in his uncountable years, that this kindness is more comforting than showmanship, more useful than control and more lasting than even wealth. And he arrived, without surprise, knowing that power is weak, that glory is not needed and authority should not always be obeyed.
From the beginning, he had not realized how rewarding this adventure would be. Arnold is survived by his wife, Kathy, of Newton; his daughter, Pam Behymer, of Newton; and his sons, Gregory, of Newton, and Chris, of Idaho. Arnold was blessed with six grandchildren, Brock, Ashley, Shea, Rebecca, Cliff, and Jacob and six great grandchildren. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7. There was no visitation and there will be a private committal service at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Memorials are suggested to The First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund in care of Petersen Funeral Home.