Jack Dean Arnold

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jack Dean Arnold, 83, of Nevada, Mo., died May 15, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. Jack was born in Lamar, Mo., with his twin brother, Bob Arnold, on Nov. 26, 1932, to Hugh and Helen Arnold, of Sheldon, Mo. He graduated from Sheldon High School in 1950. In July of 1955, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Terrill.

Jack served his country in the Air Force and was stationed in Lackland Air Base, San Antonio, Texas, Beale Air Base, Sacramento, Calif., Ladd Army Airfield Base, Fairbanks, Alaska, and MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. Upon returning from his service he completed his degree in education at Missouri State University. Jack worked in education for 34 years. During these years he was a coach, teacher, guidance counselor, and coordinator of Wentworth Junior College satellite program in Nevada, Mo. After retirement, Jack sold real estate for Stutesman's Action Realty, in Nevada, Mo., and worked for the juvenile office, counseling at-risk students.

Jack enjoyed years of playing golf at the Nevada Country Club, drinking coffee each morning with good friends, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. Jack was most proud of the accomplishments of his four grandsons. Watching his grandsons' sporting events was one of his favorite pastimes along with spending winters in Florida with Bob and Joann Arnold after retirement.

Jack is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of the home; daughters, Shari Arnold Hamblin and Bill, Overland Park, Kan., and Dena Arnold Cooper and Lee, Harrisonville, Mo.; four grandsons, Chris Hamblin and Amy, Sam Cooper, Matt Hamblin, and Luke Cooper; twin brother, Bob Arnold and wife, Joann; sister, Sue Logan; sister-in-law, Linda Terrill Eveans; cousin, Bob Burris and wife, Claudine; and four nieces, Bobette Arnold Messick, Lori Arnold Pearce, Deanna Arnold Yokley, and Sarah Eveans Clendenen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Helen Arnold.

Memorial services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 20, at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada, with the Rev. Bill Platt officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Wounded Warriors or American Lung Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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