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 John A Arnold

John A Arnold

Birth
Pratt, Pratt County, Kansas, USA
Death 21 Mar 2002 (aged 73)
Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Burial West Salem, Polk County, Oregon, USA
Plot Garden of Communion
Memorial ID 131657749 · View Source
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SALEM - John A. Arnold was born on November 9, 1928 in Pratt, Kansas, the youngest of three children born to Alfred and Grayce Arnold. He passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002.
The family was part of the great migration from the Dust Bowl, coming to Oregon in 1936. John joined the Navy at age 17, and was stationed in the South as an aircraft mechanic. After his discharge, he returned to Oregon,and met and married June Berntson. They moved to Klamath Falls, where he graduated from OTI. This was the beginning of a more than 50 year career in the auto body and fender business. John and June moved to Santa Fe Springs, California, for 14 years, returned to Salem in 1963, and later divorced in 1974. John worked at Scott's Auto Body for 14 years, eventually owning the business. He later worked at several area auto body shops, semi-retiring in 1990.

In 1996, John's life was enriched when he married Edie Bloch. They enjoyed five wonderful years together, and espeically enjoyed the way their two families blended together so well.

John enjoyed spending time with his family, including camping, hunting, and especially fishing with his many fishing partners.

He is survived by his loving wife, Edie; son, Ed Arnold, his wife, Linda, and their son, Davey; daughter, Jan Mikkelson, her husband, Brad, and their children, Greg (his wife, Heather), Andrew and McKenna Mikkelson; stepson, Randy Block; Stepson Jim Bloch, his wife, Hiroko, and their children, Lisa and Amy; sister, Ruth and her husband, Ben Reimann; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

John was one who never missed an opportunity to lend a helping hand, or anything else he had to anyone who needed it. He was a treasure who will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

A memorial service will be 10:30 am Saturday, April 20 at Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors in Salem, with a gathering held afterward in his beloved shop.


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  • Created by: Patty C
  • Added: 21 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131657749
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John A Arnold (9 Nov 1928–21 Mar 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131657749, citing Restlawn Memory Gardens, West Salem, Polk County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Patty C (contributor 46926670) .