The community is once again mourning the loss of a great man, friend, pastor and hero.
Rev. Arnold Cutter went to heaven on Sunday morning after an extended battle with cancer.
Arnold was one of those guys who did a little bit of everything. He was born on his family farm in Fairview in 1931, attended the one-room schoolhouse in Fairview and was a 1949 graduate of Vevay High School.
Arnold was drafted into the army in 1952 and served his country in the Korean War where he received numerous medals and rewards. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
He then married his sweetheart, Annette in 1955, and welcomed a son and two daughters to the family. He lived near the family farm for 35 years and worked at Schindley’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg for just shy of 30 years before the company closed. During this time, Arnold continued farming, and running his own meat cutting business. In 1974, Arnold accepted the call to the ministry and pastored faithfully for 39 years at congregations in Fairview, East Enterprise, Quercus Grove, Bethel Ridge and near Columbus, Indiana.
In those 39 years, Arnold performed over 400 funerals and officiated at over 150 weddings. Those numbers there are staggering to think about, but the magnitude of who Arnold was to this community are evident in them.
Arnold and Annette are responsible for one of the largest Ice Cream Socials in the area, starting the event at Fairview United Methodist Church a number of years ago. Arnold and his wife were some of the first EMT’s in Switzerland County where Arnold delivered the first baby in the back of a life squad!
Arnold was known for his meticulous yard and love for gardening, cooking and most of all his family and friends. Arnold’s life was given to serving others and his ministry conveyed a message of love and hope to everyone he came into contact with.
I remember talking with Arnold a few years back about all the things he had seen and done throughout his ministry and his life and was touched by his response… “Adam, scripture says to do all things as heartily unto the Lord, and that’s what I’ve done. Not for recognition, but to point everyone to the Lord.” I hope each of the lives that were touched by Arnold can remember that very lesson…do it all for the sake of the Gospel.
Visitation for Arnold will be held tomorrow from 4-8pm at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with the funeral on Thursday at 11am at the funeral home.