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RIP Arnie Kriemelman, KDHX volunteer and country musician

RIP Arnie Kriemelman, KDHX volunteer and country musician Sara Finke
Written by Roy Kasten
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Arnold Kriemelman Jr., known to friends, family and country music fans across St. Louis as simply "Arnie," passed away at the age of 73 on June 20. Everyone at KDHX will miss him.

A long-time 88.1 KDHX volunteer and on-air partner of Fred Gumaer during the Mid-Day Jamboree, Arnie lived a life full of music. His passion for and knowledge of traditional country, especially the "singing cowboy" style, was infectious both on air and off. Arnie was a musician, who played guitar and sang with Gumaer, Thayne Bradford and Bobby Caldwell, among others, regularly performing as part of T-Wayne and the Swamptones at cajun dances around town and at other country music gatherings. He was employed for years with Ford Motor Company, work that took him from Missouri to Michigan, but he ultimately returned to his native St. Louis.

Arnie is remembered as a kind soul, who loved and rode horses for much of his life, and who also enjoyed entertaining at nursing homes in St. Louis. It was through those performances that Gumaer first met him. The two built up a friendship that led to Arnie joining him on 88.1 KDHX for Gumaer's popular classic country program. "He would come down every week to help answer the phones and hunt down requests. And it just grew from there," Gumaer says. "He was just a great guy. He loved what he did and he was a great help to me. He was always there, and he'd go out to shows and meet people. He really enjoyed that."

Arnie is survived by his wife Ursula, son Michael and daughter Michelle, and a number of grandchildren. A visitation will be held at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton, Mo. on Friday, June 24, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. The funeral service will take place at the same location at noon on Saturday, June 25.

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