Lawrence F. Arnold
Birth Date: June 18, 1922
Death Date: October 7, 2018
Lawrence F. Arnold, 96, of Avon Lake, passed away on October 7, 2018 due to complications from pneumonia.
Beloved husband of 71 years to Marybelle (Culp); loving father of Richard (Marilyn) Arnold, and Jeanne Arnold; cherished grandfather of Christine (Cary) McKee, Robert J. (Melissa) Arnold, and Daniel Arnold; dear great grandfather of Nora and Robert C. Arnold; brother to Grace (Edson, deceased) Burgess; Step grandfather of Jennifer Marcin, Roshelle Farmer and William Farmer; step great grandfather of Darren and Sienna; beloved uncle to many loving nieces and nephews. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Julia (Burkey) Arnold and his brother Lester (Winifred) Arnold.
A 1940 graduate of James Ford Rhodes High School, Lawrence enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1942 and became a B-24 Bomber Pilot as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was based in Foggia, Italy with the 15th Air Force/ 451st Bomb Group. His plane was shot down on Friday, October 13, 1944 over Hungary and he became a Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III. He was held at this location for five months until being force marched to Moosburg POW Camp. The camp was liberated by General George C. Patton on April 29, 1945. He spent six months recovering from malnutrition, yellow jaundice and a back injury at hospitals in Paris and Cleveland. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. He was the recipient of the Air Medal, a Purple Heart, the POW medal and the European Service Medal with three bronze battle stars.
After the war Lawrence studied Chemical Engineering at Ohio State University and Case Institute of Technology and became a Research and Development Manager at B. F. Goodrich Chemical Company in Avon Lake until 1985. He was an inventor and received seven patents for various chemical processes while at BFG. He began a second successful career as a financial planner and continued working and investing until retirement in 1997.
Lawrence enjoyed golfing, bowling, tennis, painting, wood carving and maintaining his beloved 39 acre property in Holmes County, Ohio. He followed the Cleveland Browns closely. He and Marybelle loved to travel and went all over the world with friends and family. He was a member of the Avon Lake tree committee and the Avon Lake United Church of Christ.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 5PM-8PM in the Sunset Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 6245 Columbia Rd., North Olmsted, where funeral services will commence on Friday, October 19th at 10AM. Committal services with military honors will follow at Elmhurst Park Cemetery in Avon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.