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John "Jack" Arnold

June 28, 1933 - September 15, 2021
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John "Jack" Arnold

June 28, 1933 - September 15, 2021

John (Jack) B. Arnold, 88, died peacefully at his Green Valley, AZ. home surrounded by family on September 15th, 2021.
               Jack was born in Grand Forks, ND, on June 28th, 1933 to William B. and Veronica Bird Arnold. He attended St. Michael’s Elementary Catholic School and Central High School, graduating in 1952. He pursued a degree in the legal profession at the University of North Dakota. 
               Shortly after college, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Cadet. Following his stint as a Naval Cadet, Jack pursued work with the National Park Service as a Park Historian. He moved up the ranks with the Park Service, finishing his career as a National Park Superintendent. While with the Park Service, Jack restored the home of former President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt to historical accuracy.  Gettysburg, Fort Larnard, and the Indiana Sanddunes were a few of the parks Jack was employed at. 
               In 1965, Jack met and married Kathleen Jaworski. He did his best to fulfill the role of father to his stepchildren, Kevin, Chris, and Michelle Jaworski. In 1976, Kathleen unexpectedly died.
               Jack thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family. He passed on a love for ‘Winnie the Pooh’ to several of his nieces and nephews. In his younger years he loved hiking and biking. He was a lover of baseball, especially when the Minnesota Twins were playing. He also enjoyed football. During the last fifteen years of his life he looked forward to lengthy visits from his beloved sister, Margaret Spies. 
Jack was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Green Valley, AZ. 
               Jack is survived by sister Margaret (Marge) Spies of Mayville, ND as well as his stepchildren Kevin (Wendy) Jaworski of Las Vegas, NV; Chris (Janet) Jaworski, Bayville, NY; and Michelle Aiello, Glen Head, NY in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. 
               Preceding him in death were his wife Kathleen, parents, brothers Bruce and Charles Arnold, and sister Mary Ellen Turgi. 
               Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Green Valley, AZ on Monday, September 27th at noon (Mountain Standard time) preceded by the rosary at 11:30 a.m. Father Maldonado will officiate the funeral Mass. 
               Interment will be held on October 1st at the North Calvary Cemetery in Grand Forks, ND. 
               Memorials are preferred to Green Valley Hospice Care as well as Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. 

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Joan Spies-Kobb Jack was a very fun Uncle! He used to visit us at home in North Dakota and play with us as kids, and then tease us as we grew older. He was a great jokester and prankster with us. We loved to bug him as well! When all 6 or 8 or us Marge's kids used to be to much for him, he used to say..... I will give your a quarter to go and play on your own. So we did and then got a quarter! A fortune for kids back then, to get on our bikes and go get some treat in town. Thanks Uncle Jack!! Jack was a fun private pilot, and I flew with him only once, with my dad in a small plane. Jack drove very cool sports cars and I always thought of him as my eccentric Uncle Jack, because of his cars, his cigars, and his "occasional martinis". I remember some happy hours with Jack, my mom, dad and Everett and Bruce. They sipped them slowly, had some cigars and just enjoyed life, laughed and talked of old times. I also remember them teasing my Grandmother Arnold. Jack was the happiest when he was married to Kathleen, his beloved wife. He seemed to enjoy his work as a historian. I loved having a GodFather with such a wonderful sense of life and outdoors. I did not seem him when he moved to Arizona. But my husband Tim and I will never forget hiking all the way up the mountain in Green Valley with him, and the wonderful time we had on the mountain and afterwards. Jack you really contributed alot to life and the people who loved you. I will always treasure my memory of you my Uncle Jack! Love Joan
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