Thomas M. Arnold, 91, of Grinnell, Iowa, and formerly of Tyler, died on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.
A memorial service was held June 14, 2014, at the Smith Funeral Home. Inurnment was in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.
Memorials may be directed to the Federation of the Blind and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa, 50112.
Thomas was born on Friday, Aug. 11, 1922, in Palestine to Raiford and Gracy Baber Arnold. He grew up and received his education in Texas. During World War II, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at the Schofield Barracks at Pearl Harbor during the attack by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941. Later in the war, he was a paratrooper and served in Europe. He spent 20 years with the United States Army and was stationed in Germany and various military bases in the United States.
He moved to Grinnell, Iowa, in 1962 and married Helen Ruth Simpson on Nov. 20, 1962, in Marshalltown, Iowa. The couple lived in Marshalltown where he worked as a lab technician at Lenox Industries in Marshalltown and Richardson. Following his retirement in 1983, Tom and Helen moved and made Tyler their home. They relocated to Grinnell in May of 2014 to reside at Seeland Park.
He was a member of the Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Tyler, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Shrines International.
Tom enjoyed fishing, reading and maintaining his health by routine exercises.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Ruth Arnold, of Grinnell; one son, Michael W. Bennett, of Eugene, Ore.; two grandchildren, Jesse Bennett and Storey Chase; six great-granddaughters; and his adopted sister, Beverly (James) Hamblen, of Winston-Salem, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven W. Arnold; and one sister, Jane Hyde.
Smith Funeral Home
1103 Broad Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 21, 2014