ST. LOUIS – Mike Arnold, the owner of Gus Gus Fun Bus, passed away from his injuries, Susan Arnold said.
Mike was seriously injured after being struck by a stolen truck during a carjacking in downtown St. Louis one day before Father’s Day Saturday, June 16.
Arnold promoted restaurants and breweries on social media as part of his business. Sugarfire Smokehouse organized a fundraising event earlier this week along with other restaurants and breweries after learning Arnold was in the intensive care unit.
Sugarfire Smokehouse created a burger in honor of Mike Arnold and his business “Gus Gus Fun Bus”. They named it Angus Gus Brisket Mac. All of the proceeds from the sandwich sold at all locations in Missouri and Colorado will go to Arnold’s family to pay for his funeral and medical expenses.
The incident that led to Arnold’s death happened Saturday afternoon in downtown St. Louis. Prosecutors have charged 20-year-old Curtis Alford and 18-year-old Jana Stowers with several felony counts of robbery, assault and armed criminal action in connection to the crime. They may face additional charges since Arnold has died as a result of the incident.
People who knew and loved Arnold hope his caring for the city and others lives on.
Friday morning, Arnold’s family posted a Facebook post announcing his death. Their statements read:
“Our family is very heavy hearted today. We have lost one of the very best people in our little world. Everyone has known of the circumstances of Mike Arnold’s battle these past few days, after being struck by a truck Saturday. He fought hard but I’m so sad to say that his body couldn’t fight any longer and he lost the battle yesterday evening.
Our family is heartbroken. We’ve lost a wonderful loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, & friend to so many. We’ve lost the most important part of what made our big giant family complete.
We want to honor his memory at this time by remembering the happy times and the wonderful person that he was. Please honor the family’s wishes at this time and keep the positive thoughts and vibes going.
Thanks for all your love and support, everyone.”
Thanks to everyone who has shown support for @GusGusFunBus. We're all heart broken to have said our final goodbyes. Please keep his spirit and his heart alive in St. Louis. He loved all of you as much as you love him, please do not forget that.
— whimsical gibbon (@molociraptor) June 22, 2018