Lt Col ARNOLD JAMES CHURCH
Died peacefully at home in Alexandria, VA on Monday, August 26, 2013 with his family by his side. Born in Fort Eustis, VA to the late Lt Col Henry Harrison Church and the late Dorabelle Wallace Church, he travelled the country with his military father. He studied at Georgia Tech for undergraduate work and received his Masters Degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. In 1950 he was commissioned into the United States Air Force and served as a fighter pilot during the Korean War
. Retiring after twenty years in the military, he went on to work another twenty years as a civil servant for Air Force Systems Command at Andrews AFB. He enjoyed flying his own plane, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
Arnold is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Juba Church; daughters, Judith de la Garza (husband Vincent) of Morgantown, WV, Cathie Blewitt (husband Ted) of Alexandria, VA, Mary Susan Lightner
(husband Lawrence) of Gaithersburg, MD and daughter-in-law Patty Church of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by
11 grandchildren Annemarie and Annalisa de la Garza; Kellie and Christopher Blewitt; Stephanie Coleman (husband Ryan),
Jennifer, Diane, and Patrick Lightner; Kara, Alie, and Lara Church, a great-grandson Aiden Coleman as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Arnold James Church, Jr., and brother Richard Church.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Cunningham-Turch Funeral Home, 811 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Interment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 26 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10004 or www.jdrf.org/