James Lloyd Arnold, 63, of Parker, Colorado, passed away at his home on Monday, June 6, 2016.
He was born on July 22, 1952, in Glendale, West Virginia, to the late James Lee and Marion Francis (Diggs) Arnold.
Jim had retired from Federal Express with over 30 years of service, was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam and was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus in 1970.
He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had celebrated 20 years of sobriety in September.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph.
Jim is survived by his wife of 11 years, Darcy L. Pennington Arnold; sons, Joshua (Megan) Arnold of Westerville, Max William Arnold and Cory James Arnold, both of Columbus; step-daughter, Tawni (Michael) Scaccia of Parker, Colorado; four grandchildren, Kierra and Christian Scaccia and Ellie and Zoey Arnold; brothers, John (Gay) Arnold of Gillette, Wyoming, and Jeff (Debbie) Arnold of Wimauma, Florida; niece, Abby Arnold of Gillette; mother-in-law, Mary Cremeans of Circleville; sister-in-law, Marsha (Lee) Johnson of St. Cloud, Florida; brother-in-law, Rich (Pam) Cremeans of Galatin, Tennessee; his Aunt Bobby (whom he loved like a mother) Rietenbach of Lewis Center; nieces and numerous cousins.
Jim will be missed by his special friends with whom he and Darcy spent so much of their time when living in Ohio, his AA friends and his co-workers at Federal Express.
Jim spent the last seven years of his life in Gillette, Wyoming, and Parker, Colorado. His fondest memories were summers he spent camping and fly fishing with his parents, siblings and extended family in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. It was those memories that persuaded him to request a transfer from Ohio.
He had great hopes of continuing that tradition with his wife; however, only six months after moving to Wyoming, he developed serious health issues and that dream was never realized. He accepted that with dignity by often repeating an AA adage, “You can plan the plan but not the result.”
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home, 420 W. Main St., Ashville, with Barry Bennett officiating. Interment will follow in Harrison Township Cemetery, South Bloomfield. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to The Global Down Syndrome Foundation, 3300 E. 1st Ave., Suite 390, Denver, CO 80206.
Online guestbook can be found at www.olivercheekfuneralhome.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal