Paul J. Arnold

November 08, 1956 ‒ June 17, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Paul J. Arnold, age 59, of Mount Vernon, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 17, 2016. He was born on November 8, 1956 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of Arthur and Mary G. (Barrett) Arnold. Paul was a 1974 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and in 1979 he graduated with a degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Education from Case Western Reserve University. In 2004, Paul earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Ashland University.

Paul was a chemistry and astronomy teacher for 33 years and for the last 29, he taught in Mount Vernon City Schools before retiring in 2012. Paul took great pride in educating young men and women. He was a member of the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and was National Board Certified as a teacher of chemistry.

Paul was extremely devoted to his faith and belief in his Lord. He was a member of the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene where he served as treasurer for ten years and also worshipped with Bible Study Fellowship International.

Besides his father he is survived by his wife of 35 years, Karen (Allenby) Arnold, his children, Julie Marie (Jon) Taylor of Mayfield, Ohio, Christine Elizabeth Arnold and Michael Wong of Hong Kong and Nathaniel Joseph Arnold of Mount Vernon, three brothers, Bob (Linda) Arnold of Germany, David Arnold of Lakeland, Florida, Richard (Bridget) Arnold of Newport News, Virginia, four sisters, Beth Arnold of Greenville, Ohio, Peggy Hanna of Belleville, Michigan, Carol (Tom) Mark of Miami, Florida, Pat (Ben) Durbin of Danville and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Friends may call on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Scott Sharpes officiating. The family will observe a private graveside service in Amity Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, PO Box 1270, Mount Vernon, Ohio for the Paul J. Arnold Science Scholarship Fund (, Knox Community Hospital Palliative Care Unit, 1330 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 or Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd, Suite 210, Columbus, Ohio 43229.

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  • Paul meant so much to so many. His ability to ignite the curiosity of students made Paul’s chemistry class a very popular offering at Mount Vernon High School. His sense of humor and caring helped him to connect with students and inspire them to pursue careers in science. Paul had a deep sense of spirituality and a love for all. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to the Arnold family in this time of loss. He will be so missed by his breakfast brothers.

    the Shuman Family

  • Karen,
    So sorry for your loss. You always had such nice memories of things the two of you did together that you shared with us. Sure your memories will be a great comfort in time. Take care, Terry

  • Karen, Julie, Chrissy and Nate,
    Our hearts and minds are in Ohio with you at this time as you celebrate the life of your wonderful husband and father. Please know how much of an impact he made on my life as I was facing a very difficult point in living. He not only impacted me but also made an impact in the life of my son, Wyatt. We are so grateful for your dad (and Mom), for their commitment to each other and for the example they showed in both the good times and bad. How blessed we have been to have them in our lives. Paul will continue to live on in each of you. What a legacy he has left for so many. Our prayers and love are with you.

    Kathleen, Tim, and Avery Knipp and Wyatt Kissell

  • Years later, I still remember being his student. I wasn’t a fan of science in general but thanks to Mr. Arnold I did like Chemistry. His humor, patience and passion made him stand out as a teacher who cared. Prayers go out to his family. Mr. Arnold will be missed.

  • I worked in the MV High School office and remember Paul
    as a great guy and teacher. My sympathy on your loss,
    Kathryn Williams

  • Mr. Arnold was an amazing teacher and man. I will never forget the day he brought homework to my home after I had surgery. He took the time to get to know all of his students, even when they were not the best Chemistry students. As educator myself, I can only hope to make an impact on my students lives, like he did for so many of us. My prayers are with his family. I hope their memories bring them peace and comfort.

  • Karen,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart has been so heavy for you all since I heard of Paul leaving this earth. My prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I know there are no words that can take away the pain of losing him, but I am praying that the Good Lord and Shepherd will wrap you in His loving arms right now and fill you with His presence. May the God of all hope set your heart and mind on Him above and His love for you and Paul. I pray for His comfort and peace to overwhelm your souls. I pray that you can celebrate and remember Paul and his life here on earth and be filled with joy of all the wonderful memories, and that you can have the great hope of knowing that you will see him again one day! He is without pain and in the presence of our Mighty Savior, Jesus! Praying for you, my dear sister in Christ.
    Love in Him,
    Molly Pursel

  • I met Paul in our Bible Study Fellowship small group this past year during our study of the Book of Revelation. Though I didn’t get to know Paul well, it was clear through his thoughtful comments and calm demeanor that he loved our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no doubt that believers will be rejoicing in Heaven with Paul, celebrating at the wedding feast of the Lamb and casting crowns at God’s feet.

    Rest in peace, Paul, and know that your life was a light to many.

  • With heavy heart and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Paul Arnold. Mr Arnold was my Chemistry teacher in 1984 and ignited the love of science. He was caring and went the extra mile to help the learning process and I am so sad. We will meet again in heavens name Amen.

    Melissa Smith-Bristow and Family

  • Dear Karen & Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Paul. May you and your children find comfort and laughter in memories. I knoe Paul brought much happiness and knowledge to many many people.
    Nancy Tapocsi

  • Deqar Karen,
    I was so sorry to hear about Paul. May you and your children find comfort and laughter in memories. I know Paul brough a lot of happiness and knowledge to many many perple.
    Nancy Tapocsi

  • Karen and family,
    I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance

  • Dear Karen,
    I didn’t know Paul – but he sounded like an awesome person and an inspirational teacher. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have watched your journey from afar and know you guys worked hard at this battle and did your best.
    My heart and prayers are with you during this time.
    My very best to you and your children.
    Chris Davis Wolf
    Prescott, Arizona

  • Mr. Arnold was my very favorite teacher. He taught me to love science and I really enjoyed being in his class. He had a large impact on me and I will never forget him. He will be missed. My thoughts are with you.

  • Dear Karen and Family,
    We just wanted to let you know how sad we were to hear of Paul’s passing. He was one of those truly great teachers and men that some of us are greatly privileged to know and have touched our lives. Our hearts are with you. Hugs to you all.
    John and Marilyn Chidester

  • Dear Arnold Family,

    I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. Mr. Arnold was one of my favorite teachers. He actually was one teacher that inspired me to go into education. His passion for teaching was special. He was so smart and he mentioned he could have had other opportunities, but he loved working with kids and chose to be a teacher. He will be greatly missed by all because he touched so many lives.

    Bryan Donaldson

  • Karen,
    Paul was such a bright light and he enlightened students everyday in and out of the classroom. His caring smile and sense of humor will always be remembered. Love and prayers from our family to yours.
    Kathy, Jim, Emma and Carson Donham

  • Dear Karen and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Arnold influenced each of my kids immensely to the point that it affected positively each one of them. I will always remember his sense of humor . Love and prayers from our family to your. Take care and a warm loving hug from Juan and me.

    Carola , Juan, Sebastian, Anthony, Sophia and Veronica

  • Dear Arnold Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. Something that has brought me great comfort when dealing with the loss of a loved one, are the promises found in the Bible. Such verses as John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:4, help me to reflect on the assured promises we have of seeing our loved ones again in the very near future with the prospect of never losing another loved one ever again. It is my sincerest hope that these promises bring your family a measure of comfort and peace at this time.

  • Mr. Arnold was the best kind of teacher: passionate and compassionate. He was very dear to me and won’t be forgotten. My heart goes out to the entire family.

  • I cried when I read that Mr. Arnold had passed away. He was a favorite teacher of mine too – smart, caring and quick with a smile. One of my best memories from high school is going on the whitewater rafting trip to West Virginia with Mr. Arnold and the Science Club. We were a lively bunch of students, and Mr. Arnold was patient and good-natured the entire time. We had so much fun! He was a wonderful guy, and I am grateful to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Karen and Family,

    My deepest sympathy to you at the passing of your husband and father.

    Carol Navin