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John Edwin "Jack" Arnold

January 30, 2019
Three Rivers, MI

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After final goodbyes from his loving family, John (Jack) Edwin Arnold, age 87 passed away January 30, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ after a short battle with cancer. John was born March 6, 1931 in Manistee, MI. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as a radio operator. Upon his discharge, he attended and graduated from Western Michigan University, where he met his wife, Lillian Bobcik of 61 years, who survives. His entire teaching career took place at Delton Kellogg Schools. He taught everything from 6th grade to middle school and high school Physical Education, Social Studies and Science. John also coached basketball and was the Athletic Director. He became an elementary counselor and then the Elementary Principal for the last ten years of his career. Upon his retirement, John and Lillian spent their winters in Scottsdale, AZ and summers in Michigan. Golf was a favorite past-time, having played over 200 courses in Michigan and 84 courses out west, which included Pebble Beach. He is survived by his three lovely daughters, Teresa (Ed) Carnell, Rene (Daniel) Formsma and Kim (Daniel) DeVries. Six cherished grandchildren Erin (Jushade) Sutton, Derek (Nicole) Formsma, Nathan (Shaunene) Carnell, Matthew (Karen) Sutton, Paige (Will) Formsma and Andrea Carnell. His adorable great-grandchildren Maddox, Lillian, Eva, Brooks, and a great granddaughter on the way. His brothers, Robert (Diane) Arnold and Jo (Sandy) Arnold. He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Isabelle (Fuller) Arnold. A memorial service will be held in Michigan at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the John and Lillian Scholarship Fund, Barry Community Foundation, 231 S Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058 or online at www.barrycf.org/funds/dkef-john-and-lillian-arnold-scholarship-fund