Leonard D. ‘Lenny’ Arnold

September 08, 1947 ‒ January 27, 2017

Cardington, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Leonard D. “Lenny” Arnold, age 69, of Cardington, died unexpectedly Friday evening, January 27, 2017, at home following an extended illness.

On September 8, 1947, Lenny was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the youngest of three boys of the late LeRoy and Eleanor (Stewart) Arnold.  He was raised in Marion, Ohio, and graduated from River Valley High School in the class of 1965.

He worked a short time before enlisting in the Army where he served as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.  For his heroism against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam, Lenny was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device (for valor) and a Bronze Star.

Following his honorable discharge, he returned home where he married Christy Ann Roes on July 21, 1970, with whom he had two children, Chela’ and Bradley.  He worked a number of jobs, keeping his eye on the personal goal of having his own graphic arts business someday.  He was able to eventually do that and became best known as a graphic artist, making signs that can be seen all over Morrow and Marion counties.

Combining his love for his country and of riding motorcycles, being a member of the Patriot Guard was a perfect fit for Lenny.  He traveled far and wide to honor his fellow Patriot Guard brothers, who referred to him endearingly as “Z Spoon”.

Leonard was an artist all of his life, who especially loved to paint.

Simply put, “Leonard was Leonard.”  He was one of a kind.  He will be remembered as a kind man, who loved deeply, and had a great sense of humor.

He will be missed by his wife, Changhui Arnold, whom he married on February 10, 2008; two children: Chela (Nick) Toombs and Brad Arnold; six grandchildren: Jazmin, Alijah, Alex, Olivia, Blake and Zaine; a great-granddaughter, Laniyah; three siblings: Raymond (Diane) Arnold, John (Laura) Arnold, and Jeri (Steve) Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, February 6, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with Pastor Tom Stimson officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Patriot Guard Riders, Inc., c/o Tatum & Associates, Inc., 6641 E. 85th St. N., Owasso, OK 74055.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Lenny’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Chuangwei and Family,

    Lenard was loyal to his country, family and friends. So very talented , humble and unselfish, ready to donate a mirror or sign that he would design at any time to so many benefits and causes.
    Candles lit and prayers being said. May God put his hands on you so you receive strength to get through this.
    Thank you for your service and our freedom Lenard, you will be missed greatly.
    Floyd & Nance

  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Leonard Charlie and I new Leonard for a long time prayers for family and friends

  • I was so sorry to hear of my cousin Lenny’s passing. We had such a nice visit with all three brothers when they came to visit us Fasig siblings after our dad passed away. Walt & I send our love & deepest sympathy to all of your family. Lenny will be missed.
    Elly & Walt Rice

  • So sorry to hear of Leonards passing. I will always cherish my memories of the many years of friendship with him rest in peace Leonard always a true friend

  • Sorry f9r your loss. My thoughts and prayers be with you and your family during your time of sorrow.

  • My deepest & most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of SP/4 Leonard D. “Lenny” Arnold, U.S. Army / Vietnam War Veteran. We are the land of the free because we are the home of the Brave. Brave Heroes like SP/4 Leonard D. “Lenny” Arnold, U.S. Army / Vietnam War Veteran. Rest In Peace Brave Hero.

    Gary Knight
    Ohio Patriot Guard
    District 2 Captain

    In Memory Of:
    SSGT Mathew F. Knight US AIR FORCE Korea
    TEC 4 William L. Carter US ARMY WWII
    PFC William E. Hoffman US ARMY WWII

  • Leonard was such a great friend!! Always a gentleman and a lot of fun!! He was a fixture at The OK back in the day!! Always a warm smile and laugh and hug!!! Thank you for your service and job well done!! Welcome home Leonard, welcome home!!!

    Bennie & Linda Creasap

  • Len always did a great job on my signs when I was located on the square. I knew then he had cancer, but he was always looking for natural ways to deal with it. He was always so strong through the last 10 ? years. I was so delighted for him when he brought (?sp.) Shan wei to the United States. They both seemed so happy. When I moved to my new store on South Main Street four years ago, I saw him driving in his van on Main Street in front of my store. I “hollared” to him “I need a new sign”. That sign was up by 10 am the next morning, even though I had not gotten it approved by the Village. Talk about customer service! He was a good guy. My thoughts and prayers go to all of the family. I will truly miss him.

  • Leonard was a good man with a sense of humor and always said hello to me when he was at my sons shop. I have to say thank you to him for treating my son Jeff and Cori and the kids like they were family. I envy his love for his wife. Ride the motorcycle of life now in Heaven. You will be missed.

  • Chuangwei & Family,

    Our Sympathy & Prayers go out to you.
    So sorry for your loss. We as well lost a special neighbor & friend. Leonard will be deeply missed.
    Larry, Lisa & Patricia Adkins

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the many happy memories you shared together. And may you find hope in God’s promise to soon undo ‘all tears, mourning, pain and death’ Rev. 21:4. A time when “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.'” Isa. 33:24. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • With deepest sympathy to the family of Leonard. He was a great graphic artist. He did the signage on my flower shop and 3 vehicles for me. His talent will be sorely missed in our community.
    Jean Beck
    Keith’s Flower Shop

  • The best expression of Leonard’s life was put best in the obituary as “Leonard was Leonard.” He and I lived together, went through basic training together, came home from Viet Nam together, played together, explored the universe together, on and on. A large part of my life has just passed. I offer my condolences to the family and know he is in a better place.

  • I met Lenny the summer of 1960 at Lincoln Pool. We hit it off and remained friends for all these years. Back in 1966 we all wound up in the Draft for Viet Nam. He went in one direction I another. We hooked up again in 1969 when I returned home to Marion. We had all changed but Lenny maintained his loyalty to his friends. We lived together, played, and then went our separate ways. I wish him well on this new journey.

    I offer my condolences to the family.

  • Sorry to hear of Leonard’s passing I’ve known him a very long time he will be missed by a lot of people great man. Rip

  • Changhui, we send our deepest condolence. Leonard never once forgot to say hello and smile. Oftentimes I would get a wave and say how are the kids he will dearly be missed! Prayers are sent your way

    • Changhui Im so sorry to hear of Leonards passing.I had the privilege of meeting him when he madethe first mirror for the Stayner Vaughn Memorial Run in 2003 and every year after.He would help anyone anytime.He will truly be missed.R.I.P Thank you for our freedom.You will forever be on in my thoughts

  • I was very sad to learn of Lens passing, We were friends and had many mutual friends since the mid ’60’s. Rest in peace ole friend.

  • So sorry to hear of Leonard’s passing. Good friend, good times and great memories. Speed safely Leonard.

  • Our brother and a great friend to me will now be with all his brothers he served with and road with that has went to the home in the sky. Brother ride safe on your trip to the happy land. You will be honored every year at the National and the bell will ring in your honor.


  • So sorry for that Arnold family loss. Scott has talked about him over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • Ray, Diane and family,
    I am sorry on the loss of your brother. It is very difficult to lose a loved one. Thinking of you all and sending prayers your way.
    Beth Hensley

  • Len was my cousin. My heart is heavy with sadness. My heart is also full of wonderful childhood memories. I was very proud of Lenny, both with his Military honors and his Professional work as an Artist.

    Rest in peace my sweet. sweet Lenny. I love you and always will. When I think of a Hero, I will think of you.

    Love Your Cousin,

  • The Arnold family lived across the street from my family many years ago on Silver St. I remember the boys as all being very artistic and Jeri as the little sister. Lenny was close to my age but always called me “granny”. No matter where I saw him, he would always yell “hi granny”. I know you will miss him very much. My deepest sympathy is with everyone.