Thomas M. Arnison, born March 10, 1927 in Evanston, Ill. to Thomas and Ann Arnison, died April 18, 2013. Tom was a graduate of Grant High School in Fox Lake, Ill. He served in the US Navy and upon return attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier. He was a life insurance executive (CLU) and financial planner. In 1953 Tom married his beloved Alice Pikkarainen in Waukegan, Ill. They were blessed with three loving children, Nancy Arnison of Grand Rapids, Mich., Lynn (Leonard) Kaliski of Palatine, Ill. and Thomas (Michele) Arnison of Deerfield, Ill.. He was cherished grandfather of Jeanne Kaliski and "Grandpa Tom" to Jackie and James LeJeune. Tom and Alice lived in Northbrook, Ill. for 36 years and retired to their beloved Paddock Lake for 21 years. They returned to Northbrook in 2010 to enjoy their active retirement at Covenant Village. Tom was known for his warmth, generosity and constant smile. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Always athletic, Tom loved boating and water skiing and took special interest in teaching his children's friends how to ski. Tom earned many awards for his extraordinary work in lake conservation, and in 2004 he was honored by the State of Wisconsin as Outstanding Lake Leader. Tom and Alice enjoyed world travel and warm winters on Maui. Most of all, Tom loved spending time with his family. A visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. April 22 at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Road., Glenview, Ill. The funeral service was held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. APril 23., preceded by a visitation at the church at 10 a.m. Interment was private. Memorials may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Christ Lutheran Church, 24929 75th Street, Paddock Lake, Wis. 53168. For more information, call 847-998-1020.
N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home
1240 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025
Published in Lake County Suburban Life on Apr. 25, 2013