January 17, 1936March 1, 2013

John F. Arnold born in Fort Dodge, IA on January 17, 1936 to Harry and Marguerite (Cunningham) Arnold and passed March 1, 2013 in Fountain Valley, CA while surrounded by his family. He attended Fort Dodge, IA schools, graduating from Fort Dodge High School in 1954. John served in the National Guard until entering the navy in 1956 and discharged March, 1, 1960. He married the love of his life Milly Condon April 23, 1960. Along with family, John owned and operated the Standard Parts store (A NAPA auto parts store) in Fort Dodge and Eagle Grove, IA until 1967, when he moved his family to Costa Mesa, CA

John lead by example in showing that no matter what challenges you may face in life, with hard work and perseverance there is nothing that you cannot accomplish. He loved most spending time with his family and seeing all of his children and great grandchildren playing with him.

Preceded in death by both parents, brothers James Arnold and Joseph Arnold, sisters Jean Brodsack, Rose Lee Crawford, Edna McCullough, and Julie Simpson. Survived by wife Milly Condon Arnold, Westminster, CA, Children Patrick Arnold, Tony (Patti) Arnold, Carmella (Ray) Arnold-Snytsheuvel, Amy (Brian) Arnold Martin all of Orange County, CA ten grandchildren, Brittany and Cortney Arnold; Danielle (Jason) Snyder Jefferson IA, Andrew (San Jose, CA), Ryan, Emma and John Evan Snytsheuvel; Kaleigh, Molly and Jack Martin. Great granddaughters, Evelyn and Lacey Snyder, and Bella and Luci Arnold. Brothers Tom, Dave, and Dick Arnold, and Sister Mary Lou Johnson, and about 70 nieces and nephews. Vigil and Rosary March 5, 2013 Westminster Memorial Park from 5 PM - 8 PM, Mass of Christian Burial March 6, 2013 Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fountain Valley, CA, at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in John's name to either MDA or Wounded Warrior Project.

All arrangements under the direction of Westminster Memorial Park 14801 Beach Blvd. Westminster , CA 92683 (714) 893-2421.


  • Military Honors Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013


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March 14, 2013

Your service on March 12 was beautiful. The day was warm and sunny. We even had a B17 fly by. You were with us. I love you Dad. <3


March 13, 2013

Love you Dad!

Robert Simpson

March 6, 2013

Aunt Milly we would like to express our deepest regret for Uncle Johns death.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love and God Bless Y'all.

The Simpsons , Robert, Colleen, and kids

Bob and Carol Perry

March 6, 2013

Milly and Family...Just a note to say how much Johns visits meant to us. John always had such a positive attitude about life never was one to complain. He always spoke highly of his children, grand kids and especially his great grand kids. He will be greatly missed...

Rebecca Simpson

March 6, 2013

Dear Aunt Millie, Pat, Tony, Carmella, Amy, grandkids, great grandkids, and in-laws: I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle John was a wonderful man, with strong conviction, sense of humor, unlimited determination, and strength. God called him back to the fold to fly with his angels. He will be greatly missed by all. Keeping you all in my prayers. Love to all, Becky

John Beck

March 5, 2013

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family, John will be in my prayers.

Tom & Eleanore Flynn

March 5, 2013

Milly and family, Though it is difficult to lose one you love, you can rejoice that God has taken him to Himself where, doubtless, he is enjoying unlimited freedom and the company of those who have gone on ahead of us. Please accept our sympathy for your loss.

March 5, 2013

Millie & Family
Just a note to express our sympathy, although it has been many years in passing, once friends and neighbors we will always be, may the Peace & Love of the Christ be with you and all of your family.

Our sympathy & prayers are extended to you and the family

Rosanne & Joe Mashek
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


March 5, 2013

Milly, Pat, Tony, Carmella, Amy, and all the grandchildren we are so sorry for your lose and are praying the Lord will give you peace. Wow, what an enriching life Uncle John lived, what a blessing to everyone! As you all were to him. I'll always remember when the family came to grandma's to visit Uncle John would ask me all kinds of questions!! My mom "Julie" was the same way!! Never knew a stranger. Embrace all the great/happy/silly memories, they will get you through. He's dancing now next to the Lord and my mom is next to him. God Bless you all. Rachel Simpson Vick (Ada, OK)

Kathie Davisson

March 4, 2013

What a great man to call Father Carmella. May God bless you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family my dear friend.