OBITUARY

Ken "Kenny" Richard Arnold

April 5, 1953May 21, 2020

“Kenny” Ken R. Arnold, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. Born April 5, 1953 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Herbert and Lois (Jansky) Arnold. On November 1, 1975, he married the love of his life, Valerie (Smith) Arnold, who survives and resides in Fort Wayne. Ken proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for three years. He was employed as an auto worker with General Motors for 30 years. Ken attended Broadway Christian Church and hosted a bible study. He loved the Lord and enjoyed helping others, which he took a great deal of pride in. A very social man, he never met a stranger. He loved people and often frequented a local coffee shop. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, biking, and mowing his yard, which he took great pride in. Ken enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He treasured anytime he had with his grandson Jacob; he was his pride and joy. He is also survived by his daughters, Heather Arnold, and Erica (Aaron) Frank both of Fort Wayne; grandson, Jacob Frank; siblings, Dennis (Kathy) Arnold of Auburn, IN, Cherrie Nelson of Auburn, IN, and Marina (Carl) Reimer of Phoenix, AZ; uncle, Richard “Dick” Arnold of Chicago, IL; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Mickey Kirch, Karen Brown, Michael Arnold, and Beverly McDowell; aunt, Margaret Arnold; and uncle, Ken (Roberta) Jansky. Memorial Service is 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at Broadway Christian Church, 910 Broadway, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Ryan Cochran officiating. Due to social distancing, the church will only be able to accommodate 100 people. Inurnment at a later date at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials may be made to the church or Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. For online condolences, please visit www.advantagehighlandpark.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Visiting Nurse Hospice Home
  • Broadway Christian Church

Services

31 May

Calling

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Broadway Christian Church

910 Broadway
Fort Wayne, Indiana

31 May

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

Broadway Christian Church

910 Broadway
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Memories

Ken "Kenny" Richard Arnold

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Tony Montenegro

May 30, 2020

I knew Ken for many years, we met at General Motors in Van Nuys, California.
We never lost touch, even during all the G.M. plant transfers. Our wives and children met also, we would get together outside of work for bbq's. Our daughter's Marcie and Heather would play together. We go way back!
I will surely miss Ken.... he was a great friend!
Peace and Blessings to Valarie and family.

Jordan Redding

May 29, 2020

I knew Kenny from Mocha Lounge. We always had the best conversations about life and family. He helped me get through a rough part of my life and genuinely cared about me. I will never forget the big hugs I gave him every day, and listening to his stories. He may not have known, but Kenny made a huge impact on my life and everyone else who had the pleasure of meeting him. He will be missed greatly.

Val Arnold

May 29, 2020

My dearest Ken. Thank you for being “you”. For being the best Man, Husband, Father and Papa ever. I will hold on to our memories close to my heart forever.
Love you to the moon and back and love you more.....

Jackie Dubow

May 25, 2020

Loving memories. Reese and Jackie Dubow

Jackie Dubow

May 25, 2020

Oh Ken, all the wonderful memories of family times together rafting the Rogue (go with the flow) river (you Loved to fish on), Hellgate river rides, Mt Rushmore, surprise visit for Christmas, not being able to get out of Philadelphia and road trips to MD. Mostly the BBQs in the backyards. You loved when people would “share” their thoughts and feeling with you and always made them feel heard. You always bought laughter. You had a wonderful way with words. You were a Good Man bro. RIP We loved you dearly and we will miss you always. Sending my dear Sister Kay (Val) and loving nieces Heather and Erica hugs, love and prayers. He’s in our hearts forever! Jackie and Reese

Tom and Debbie Johnson

May 24, 2020

Tom and Debbie Johnson

May 24, 2020

Tom and Debbie Johnson

May 24, 2020

Family meant alot to Ken. Our small group from church became family to Ken and Val. A couple years ago when there was a need for someone to host our small group, Ken and Val stepped to the plate. As we regularly met together, opened to the word together, laughed together and cried together, such a depth and richness in relationships resulted. Ken, as well as the rest of the small group, would look forward to being together.
Ken often shared a daily devotion, including words of endearment. He would often close with peace, love, and joy. Ken commented one morning to our group how the red sky in the morning sunrise was reminding him of Jesus's words to us (the red letter edition of the Bible). Something we can all remember as we see a morning sky full of red--God's loving word to us through the words of Jesus.
Ken, so good to break bread together! Iron sharpens iron! We will miss you and your open door, open arms, and open heart! Till we meet again!
As you said, you are not afraid and you are strong in the Lord because the Lord is in your corner.
Continued love and prayers to you Val, Heather, Erica and family.
With our love, Tom and Debbie

Carl Calloway

May 23, 2020

In review of messages with Ken three things stand out: relationships, God’s Word and laughter. He highly valued God, family, friends and wanted to stay in touch. He enjoyed connecting with people and telling stories.

Ken was the glue in our small group that regularly kept us in contact by sharing verses and words of encouragement throughout the week.

In recent group messages, Ken referred to “highlights” in his hair that didn’t come cheap. I told him that they came with wisdom, discernment and he had earned everyone of the gray hairs on display in his mop. Ken said that the mop comment really made him laugh. Another time he inadvertently group texted asking my wife to pick up napkins for them while she was at the store. I responded in context of the pandemic rush on toilet paper that I’d pickup a pallet full of napkins at Menards. More than once, I forwarded him the music video by Jason Gray “Laugh out Loud”. Recently, he responded “I'm laughing and singing and laughing out loud..”

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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