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June 17, 2014

Arnold 'Arnie' Omland

Arnold ‘Arnie’ Omland

MARYLAND — Arnold “Arnie” Omland, 57, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 7, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones at his Maryland home.

Arnie was born in Oswego, grew up in Cobleskill, graduated CHS Class of ‘74 and earned a degree in chemistry from SUNY Cobleskill. His love of freedom and entrepreneurship led him to work alongside his late father Jacob and brother, John-Erik, resurfacing wood floors and bowling centers. He developed into a skilled craftsman and the successful business owner of Arnold Omland Sanding Company, now run by his stepson, Adam Scudder.

Arnie felt life and emotions deeply and was loved by everyone he touched for his professionalism, humor and respect for people, nature and the world. He was as comfortable behind a floor-sanding machine as he was doing a Michael Jackson move to a favorite tune. Arnie’s parents, Astrid and Jacob Omland, both deceased, emigrated from Norway and that “old world” charm and respect ran deep in his character. He will be greatly missed by many friends and professionals in his industry.

He is survived by his wife, Allison Jones; son, Nathan Omland; best friend and brother, John-Erik Omland; two stepsons, Adam and Jeremy Scudder; and four young granddaughters Hailey, Sascha, Micah, and Tesla. 

His life and memory will be celebrated from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday July 13, at the Schenevus VFW hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Wolf Mountain Nature Center at

Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so online at

Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.

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