Timothy LaRoy Arnold
September 21, 1955 ‒ May 29, 2005
MANSFIELD: Timothy LaRoy Arnold, 49, of Manner Drive, Mansfield, died Sunday, May 29, 2005 in his father’s home of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.
He was born September 21, 1955 in Mansfield, and was graduated from Madison High School in 1974.
Following high school, he entered military service with the U.S. Air Force, and learned meteorology at bases in Texas and Illinois.
His meteorologist training served him well. Following his honorable discharge, Timothy served several oil companies on ocean drilling platforms, worldwide. He later founded and operated his own electrical company, switching time between oil companies in Alaska in the summer and luxury hotel properties in Hawaii the winter.
Timothy had built his own cedar home in Chugiak, Alaska. Strategically placed, and with walls of windows to view Mount McKinley, and then turn to see the Sleeping Lady Mountain Range of the Cook Inlet, and on the other side: the Bear Mountains.
This home gave the hunter and fisherman in him access to the wildlife he loved so much. He had bagged several black bear with bow and arrow, and routinely hunted elk, mountain sheep and grizzly ~ and fished the Rushing River for red salmon.
Tim was an accomplished scuba diver and avid photographer. Proud of his thick red hair, of natural attraction was the Alaska Red Salmon, and Alaska crab.
In 1994, he suffered a debilitating vehicular accident that nearly claimed his life. As a result of fervent prayer, God’s miraculous touch, and Tim’s sheer determination, seven years later he was able to walk again.
God’s blessing to Tim was a keen and imaginative sense of humor, in spite of great trial. Back on the road to independence, Timothy was yearning to return to Alaska. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother and step father Rebecca A. (Michau) Clark and James Clark of Bellville; his brother and sister-in-law Thomas E. and Diana Arnold of Mansfield; his sister Tamara Jane Todd of Lake Wales, Florida; his maternal grandmother Betty Jane Michau of Mansfield; nephews Lance Snider and Michael Krause; aunts and uncles Nancy and Lillard Christ of Port Aransas, Texas, Herbert and Jerri Arnold, Virginia Erwin and Willis and Nancy Arnold all of Mansfield and Wilma Ramsey of Ashland; and numerous cousins.
Sunday’s home tragedy also claimed the life of his little baby niece Callie Joy Arnold, and his father Edwin L. Arnold.
The family will receive friends Thursday, June 2, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Friday at 12 Noon. The Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold military honors immediately following the funeral service.
Memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Disabled American Veterans may be made at the funeral home.