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October 9, 1947 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
John David Arnold, age 75, of Kendallville and formerly of Ft Wayne, died August 18, 2023 at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne. John was born October 9, 1947 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to David Earl Arnold and Alma Persons Arnold. He graduated from Southside High School in Ft Wayne and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. John was an educator with Southwest Allen County, East Allen County, and East Noble school Systems. After retirement from education, he was Energy Ed Specialist for East Noble (candy bars). He was a member of Big Brothers, Kendallville Lions Club, Acres Land Trust, and Sierra Club.
John was a quiet caring man who loved life and living it the fullest, especially outdoors. For many years he participated in cycling, loved playing golf, took many service trips with the Sierra Club and loved being at the beach with all his family.
When he retired from teaching and became Energy Specialist for the school system he was excited by the dollars he saved the system and looked forward to seeing the power bill each month.
His greatest loves were his daughter Christin and granddaughter Ava and the great gifts from God of the beautiful world he gave to all.
Daughter, Christin Arnold (Scott) Hayes of Fort Wayne.
Granddaughter, Ava Golden of Fort Wayne.
Sister, Mary Arnold (Marcus) Worrell of Hurtsboro, Alabama.
Sister, Patricia Arnold (Michael) Nolan of Fort Wayne.
Also survived by nieces, Jennifer Gridler Bowman (Cory), Sarah Gridler, Johanna Nolan Rose (Kyle); nephew, Patrick Gridler; and numerous cousins and special friends.
Preceded in death by parents and sister, Judith Arnold Gridler.
Gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville followed by a memorial service at 4:00 PM.
Preferred memorials may be made to Cole YMCA, 700 Garden Street, Kendallville, IN 46755 or Acres Land Trust, 1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown IN 46748 or Big Brothers of Northeast Indiana, 10050 West Rudisill Blvd, Ft Wayne, IN 46807.