John Lee Arnold

December 11, 1939November 14, 2012
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John L. Arnold passed away November 14, 2012 after an extended illness. John was born December 11, 1939 to Dorothy and Arthur Arnold in Terre Haute, Indiana.

John moved to Naples with the family in 1959 where he owned the Naples Five & Dime, Arnold’s Variety Store and Gulf Sporting Goods. John entered into the family real estate business and became a partner in the Arnold Family Limited Partnership and other real estate holdings.

John was an active member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club.

His love of the sea was surpassed only by his love for family. His yacht, Solitaire, was frequently seen in the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Annette; son Lee Arnold (Lisa), daughter Tara Williams (Sean); Brother Don Arnold and four grandchildren, Demi, Bailee, Kealyn and Camden.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 17 from 4:00 until 5:00pm at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will begin at 5:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in John’s name to the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2012

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December 13, 2012

Annette and family,

We were so sorry that we weren't in town when John passed away. We hold dear the memories of seeing him shortly before he passed in his big leather chair watching football. We have so many happy memories and we know that he is smiling down on all of us now. He is missed and we think of him often. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

~ Jim and Jan Lowdermilk

December 11, 2012

John, Well it was a great run. Many memories of crusing the open seas. Rest assured that the family is fine with everything that you have done fore them. Fair weather and calm seas on your next venture. Don And Clara

Tara Williams

December 11, 2012

Dad I just wanted to say happy birthday today! I am still in disbelief that you are not here with us. We are having your annual tacos for your birthday dinner tonight! I want to call you to say happy birthday but it will have to do in my prayers. Much love your little flower!

Demi Williams

December 4, 2012

Not a day will go by that I will not miss you. I have learned a lot from you over the years, I'll never forget the time you taught me how to drive on the highway for the first time. We were coming up to downtown Alanta in rush hour, I was so nervous but you told me I'll do just fine and I did. You had all the confidence in the world that I could do it, and I'll never forget that. I have so many memorable moments with you that i will cherish forever. I find comfort in knowing that you're watching over me and our family. I love you Papa, Rest In Paradise ?

John W. Nieves

November 23, 2012

May God Bless you always along with all your family. My the angels be with you always and holy Ghost be with you.

John & Kathy Ustica

November 20, 2012

Annette and Family. Sorry to hear of John's passing. I respected him and will miss our relationship. I still remember our first meeting at the Cove Inn almost 25 years ago like it was yesterday. Our prayers are with you.

Connie Nagele

November 20, 2012

Annette & Family,
I am sorry for you loss. John was special and he will be missed.

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts


November 20, 2012


Glenna Tolson

November 20, 2012

Anette,Lee,Tara and families,
My daughters and I share in your sorrow in John's passing, but take comfort in knowing he is at peace. I am honored to have known him.
Love, Glenna

mary ladd tait

November 19, 2012

Dear John, We all gathered and prayed, it was a comforting and special goodbye. We will all miss you.