Dr. John James Arnold


Dr. John James Arnold, 80, of Zanesville, went home to be with the Lord at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.

John was born on April 13, 1928, in Patterson, N.J., to the late George Christian and Clara Gross Arnold. John graduated from Rutgers University and Western Theological Seminary, and also attended Hope College and New Brunswick Seminary. During his last teaching sabbatical he was a visiting scholar at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Classis of Montgomery and has served the Reformed Churches in Owasco, N.Y., Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Trinity Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Mich. He served as a chaplain in the USNR and was stationed with the Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune, N.C., and Camp Gifu, Japan.

In 1968 he opted for a role in specialized ministry and began to teach philosophy at Ohio University-Zanesville. He had been prepared for an academic role by receiving an S.T.M. and a doctorate from the Hartford Seminary Foundation. During his time at Zanesville, he also received a law degree from the Capital University School of Law. Upon his retirement from Ohio University, he was declared Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. He was currently serving as the pastor of the Dresden Presbyterian and Adams Mills Presbyterian Church. He had served as and interim pastor with the Barnesville and Old Washington Presbyterian Churches.

He is survived by his wife, Rhea Van Heest Arnold of the home; three sons, John Arnold Jr. of Zanesville, Mark (Joan) Arnold of Tulsa, Okla., and the Rev. Philip Arnold of Alexander, Iowa; three daughters, Deborah (Franco) Iulianelli of Pataskala, Martha (Steve) Heather of Runnels, Iowa, and Mary (Paul) Cornish of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Dr. Harry Arnold of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were Monday, December 15, at The Snouffer Funeral Home, 1150 W. Military Road, Zanesville. Funeral services Tuesday, December 16, 2008, in The Snouffer Chapel, with Dr. Herbert Hicks officiating.