One of the major players at Longview Fibre has passed away. Today’s Daily News reports that Bob Arkell died last Friday at the age of 83. Arkell first joined Fibre, which is now known as KapStone, back in 1970, spending more than 30 years with the company. He eventually moved up from being chief legal counsel to be the company’s vice president for industrial relations. Arkell had local roots, graduating from R. A. Long High School back in 1948. He got degrees from the Universities of Washington and California, eventually returning to Longview in 1964, where he joined a local law firm. Arkell was appointed to Cowlitz County Superior Court in 1969, but spent only a year on the bench, losing the election in 1970. He took the chief legal counsel job with Fibre in 1970, and worked there until his retirement. Along with his involvement in Longview Fibre, Arkell and his wife Marilyn were known for their local involvement in community groups and for their philanthropy. Marilyn Arkell passed away in 2008. A Celebration of Life is planned for 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, the 15th, at the Longview Country Club; family members are asking that memorial contributions be made to Spencer’s Heartstrong Foundation, in lieu of flowers.