TROY - James Leroy "Fireball" Arnett, 75, of Troy, Ohio, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Troy Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born July 7, 1937, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Roy and Freda Ellen (Miller) Arnett.
He married Betty Jean (Ray) Arnett on Dec. 16, 1967. in Covington, Ohio; and she survives.
He also is survived by his two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathy and Marvin Force and Shawna Arnett, all of Troy; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sheila Arnett of Troy; son-in-law, Jim Kinler of Oregon; seven grandchildren, Chad Ullery, David Force, Ashley Arnett, Brittney Tyler, Nicci Bergseng, Sherry Kinler and Michael Kinler; and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Gale Kinler; and one grandson, Jamie Kinler.
He was a graduate of Gettysburg High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Troy, and was an avid sports fan, especially of NASCAR and football.
Jim was employed with Hobart Corporation for 38 years before his retirement.
Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with Pastor Dale Christian officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, with Veterans Honor Guard services at the graveside.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.