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John R. Arnold

6/24/1953 - 5/29/2018

PEKIN ~ John R. Arnold, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 2:24 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
 
Born June 24, 1953 in Pekin to Robert D. "Dutch" and Alma "Babe" (Harding) Arnold, he married Debbie Schmitgall on October 9, 2004 in Manito.  She survives.
 
Also surviving are one brother, Adolph Arnold of East Peoria; two sisters, Joan (Paul) Browning of Pekin and Angie (Steve) Benassi of North Pekin; one step-brother, Thomas L. (Beverly) McClary of Pekin; and one step-sister, Ruth A. (Don) Durbin of Pekin.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mom, Evelyn Arnold; three step-brothers, John "Roger" McClary, Frank E. McClary and Harvey McClary; one step-sister, Edna Butler; and one infant brother, Jon Robert Arnold.
 
John was a member of Riverside Community Church in Peoria.
 
He was a loving husband and the most kind-hearted person you could meet.  He loved his St. Louis Cardinals, but more importantly, he loved his Lord, Jesus Christ.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
 
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito.
 
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, Riverside Community Church or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

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