James Joseph Arnold, 92, of Marietta, Ohio, died Sunday evening, March 19, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 31, 1924 in Churchtown, to John Henry and Virginia Mary Schilling Arnold.
Jim was a WWII Navy veteran, serving our country from 1943 to 1946. He retired from BF Goodrich after 30 years of employment, farmed all his life, and served 24 years on the Washington County Board of Elections. Jim was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the American Legion Post #64 and the VFW Post #5108. He was the clock operator for Warren High School's football and basketball teams for 20 years and was inducted into the Warren Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim enjoyed working in his machine shop, which included metal and woodworking.
He is survived by three sons, James Garlon (Carolyn) of Marietta, Fletcher (Anita) of Kenna, WV, and Ferris (Susan) of Marietta; a daughter, Seri McGraw of Vincent; a daughter in law, Dixie Arnold of Lancaster, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one sister, Irene Lang of Waterford; three sisters in law, Mildred Arnold of Marietta, Leora Arnold of Marietta, and Lillian Arnold of Florida; a brother in law, Vincent Huck, of Marietta; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim married Mary Maglena McCarty on March 30, 1946, on the naval base in Gulfport, Mississippi. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2011. His son, Kevin; four sisters, Dorothy (Sister Maria) Arnold, Mary Lou Huck, Allene Huck and Bertha Ledger; and four brothers, Bill, George, Tony and Jerry also preceded him in death.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at St. John's Church in Churchtown, with The Rev. Virgil Reischman celebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, where full military honors will be observed. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with a Vigil service held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Donations may be made in Jim's memory to Warren Twp. VFD, 17305 St. Rt. 550, Marietta, Ohio 45750 or to the St. John School Foundation, 17784 St. Rt. 676, Marietta, Ohio 45750.