James "Jim" B. Arendell

June 8, 1968August 20, 2010

James “Jim” B. Arendell, 42 of Freeburg, Ill., born June 8, 1968 in Elk Grove Village, Ill., passed away August 20, 2010 at his residence in Freeburg. Mr. Arendell started his police career in Smithton, Ill., then Freeburg, Ill., and was currently a police officer for the Fairview Heights Police Department serving since 1999. He was a Patrolman and Detective, and also served on the Major Case Squad and Honor Guard. He had a passion for helping and serving others. He was a loving Husband, Father, Brother, and Son and will be dearly missed by his family. He enjoyed spending time golfing, being with family and friends, hunting, and riding his motorcycle. Surviving are his wife, Stephanie R. Arendell, nee Reichert; children, Brian and Brooke Arendell; parents, Dan and Betty Arendell, nee Northcutt; brothers, Jeff (Brandy) Arendell, twin brother John (Denise) Arendell; father and mother in law, Jim and Connie Reichert; brother in law, Andrew Reichert; nieces and nephews, Justin, Joe, Tanner, Jason, Malone, Corbin and Avery; special family friend, Angie Stamper; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The Family would like to express their appreciation for the extensive support they have received from their family, friends, Fairview Heights Police Department and Passages Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online at Memorial Contributions may be made to Passages Hospice or The Trust Fund for Brooke and Brian Arendell at Regions Bank. Those who wish to contribute can do so at any Regions Bank or by check to The Brooke and Brian Arendell Fund, C/O Fairview Heights Police Department, 10027 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, Ill., 62208. For further information, contact Regions Bank at 618-398-8734. Visitation: Friends may call Monday, August 23, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, August 24, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, Ill. 62223. Funeral Service: The Funeral Procession will leave Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2010 passing the Fairview Heights Police Department in honor of Officer Arendell and arrive at Grace Church, 5151 North Illinois, Fairview Heights, Ill. 62208 for the funeral service. At his request, cremation will follow with inurnment at Valhalla Gardens of Memory at a later date. Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 24, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, August 23, 2010

James "Jim" B. Arendell

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August 28, 2010

What a honor to have a nephew like Jim. Even though I am sad and will miss him greatly, I know he has found a place where there is no pain, no sorrow, only peace. He will be there waiting for his family.

Aunt Deanna

Ken Cole

August 28, 2010

From Ken & Shirley Cole, Arizona
Stephanie and the Family of Jim,
Our thought are with you. Hope to meet
you in Sept. we plan to make it home,
if possible.

August 28, 2010

To the family: May the comfort from family and friends continue to strengthen you, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
The former things have passed away."


August 26, 2010

I will miss you seems to go by way too fast. You definitely left a mark on many of us.

Wondolowski Family

August 26, 2010

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Janice Arenofsky

August 26, 2010

I am a friend of Shirley Cole, Connie's sister. Steph, you have a lovely family and wonderful memories. May both help to heal the emptiness and hurt of Jim's passing.

Paula Johnston-Klaustermeier

August 26, 2010

The Entire Arendell Family, Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.I have known you all my entire life, your boys and us grew up together. There are just no words to say how sad I am that Jim had to leave us so soon, but he will be remembered by all,for the many wonderful things he has done, and for just being him.

Diana Czapla

August 26, 2010



August 25, 2010

We now have a true guardian angel to watch over all us. Deepest sympathy to his wife, children, and family.

Jennifer Gammage

August 25, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad, sad time. He was a wonderful guy.