Paul L. Arndt, 73, passed away Friday, November 2, 2012, of cancer and complications of Parkinson's disease. Paul lived his entire life in Toledo growing up in the Cherry Street/Central Avenue neighborhood, where he delivered the Toledo Blade for nine years, starting when he was six years old. Paul was a 1957 graduate of Scott High School, where he was class president his junior and senior years, along with playing varsity football and four years of varsity tennis.
He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in business from the University of Toledo where he was a member of the varsity tennis team. In college, he was the first recipient of the Toledo Association of Grocery Manufacturer's Representatives Scholarship. He was elected into the Blue Key and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary societies and was awarded the Outstanding Marketing Student in 1962. He later taught marketing classes at the university and served as president of the College of Business Alumni Association. Paul is a member of UT's Presidents Club, Alumni Association, Rocket Club, and the Downtown Coaches Association.
Paul began his business career with Lehn & Fink Products Corporation and then joined Toledo Scale, both in marketing research. In 1967, he moved to Owens-Illinois, first in their Forest Products Division and then to their Libbey Glass Division, after which he became Manager of Industrial Marketing Research for the Corporate Division. At O-I, he was president of the employee's Onized Club. In 1981, he joined Maritz, Inc. where he was vice-president and division manager of their Maumee automotive research division headquarters. At Maritz, he also served as project manager for the construction of their new office complex in Arrowhead Park. He retired from the Maritz in 2001. During retirement he spent winters at his home in Palm Harbor, FL and was a frequent contributor to The Blade's letters to the editors.
While living in Old Orchard, Paul started the annual practice of planting flowers on the islands along Kenwood Blvd. which continues to this day. He was a long time member of Grace United Church of Christ, and in 1969, he became the first chairman of a committee that founded Grace Community Center, a neighborhood outreach program in the Old West End. He later was active at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he served on governing bodies and coached basketball and softball teams. He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church.
Paul is survived by his wife of 50 years, Molly (Lucas); sons, Greg (Tammy) and Todd (Amy); grandsons, Mac and Lucas; sister, Lois Schepman, and brother, Richard (Gerda). He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, David, Kenneth, Glen and Donald.
Friends may visit at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 West Sylvania Avenue (west of Corey), on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, at 11 a.m., in Christ Presbyterian Church, 4225 W. Sylvania Avenue. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Northwest Ohio 30000 East River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551, www.hospicenwo.org or Grace Community Center, 406 W. Delaware, Toledo, OH 43620
Online condolences may be made at walkerfuneralhomes.com
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 6, 2012