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Melvin Christopher Arms


May 19, 2021

March 7, 1953 - May 15, 2021

Melvin Christopher “Chris” Arms, 68, of Sweet Home, passed away Saturday.

He was born March 7, 1953 in Beaumont, Texas, to Howard and Margaret Lea (Hilliard) Arms.

They moved to Sweet Home. In his school years, he met the love of his life Wanda (Nicholson) Arms, marrying her on May 15, 1971.

Together they raised three children.

He was a member of the Highway 20 Church of Christ.

They lived in Sweet Home until the Lord took him home on May 15, 2021.

Chris had countless skills and worked a variety of professions, including many years in the timber industry as a logger, setting chokers and falling timber in California, Oregon, and Washington. Later he owned and operated his own business, Sweet Home Pump & Spa.

He started East Linn Boxing Club for the local youth in Sweet Home.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, traveling to Hawaii, country drives, gardening, and collecting seeds to make new plant starts. His favorites were lemons and wind palms.

He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing funny little songs for the family and grandkids.

He liked working on his equipment and tinkering on things and making something “new” out of something “old.” He was an inventor at heart.

He enjoyed laughter and making people laugh and spending time with family and friends.

Chris is survived by his wife, Wanda Arms of Sweet Home; daughter Alissa and husband Jason Melkvik, and their children, Dakota and Kylie of Sweet Home; daughter Janelle Arms and her children, Josslyn and Murphy, of Sweet Home; son Jonathan and wife Miranda Arms, and their children Shay, Haily and Gunner of Lacomb; father Howard Arms and stepmother Birdie Arms of Cascadia; sisters Charlotte and husband Donnie Schilling of Crawfordsville; brother-in-law (who was like a brother to him), and Laverl Nicholson of Thompson Falls, Mont.; and nieces and nephews in Albany, Arizona, Mississippi, and in Montana.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Foust; nephew Matthew Schilling; and niece Lena Nicholson.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, 1443 Long St.

Private burial will take place at Gilliland Cemetery.


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