James Martin Arnold
1942 - 2020
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James Martin Arnold

Sister Bay - James "Jim" Martin Arnold, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020 after a long battle with Cancer.

Jim was born in Wisconsin Rapids on November 1, 1942. He was the first of eight kids. Growing up in Rapids, Jim was active in many sports but particularly loved baseball. This love began with playing pick-up games from dawn to dusk and continued throughout his life.

Jim proudly served as an Army medic in Korea during the Vietnam War.

Jim earned his undergrad degree in Zoology and his MBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, he met the love of his life Patricia (Moberg) Arnold and together raised their two children, Missy and Andy. Jim was a lifelong Badger fan and traveling was always a passion that they shared with their kids visiting 48 states. The family also enjoyed many trips to Disney World with their kids, grandkids, and friends.

He raised his family in Wausau, where he was a business instructor at North Central Technical College. Summers were spent assisting Pat as an artist, showing her work across the Midwest, where they made so many lifelong friends.

After retiring, they have lived out their lifelong dream by moving to Door County where they enjoyed working on the property, traveling, and spending time with friends particularly in their hiking group.

He was an amazing Grandpa/Papa to Alex, Zach, and Lauren, who loved their time spent with him in Door County going for ice cream, hiking, and riding with Grandpa on his tractor.

Jim will be missed by his wife, Patty; children, Missy (Jim) Akers and Andy (Jenn) Arnold; grandchildren, Alex and Zach Arnold and Lauren Akers; mother, Marian; and seven siblings, Tom, Sue, Bobby, Mary, Kathleen, Pat, and Mark. He was preceded in death by his father, Martin.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim's name to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center (8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226), We Care Fund for Medical Innovation and Research (8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226), or Children's Cancer Research Fund (7301 Ohms Ln Suite 355, Minneapolis, MN 55439).

The family would like to thank Dr. Smitha Menon and the amazing staff at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and the wonderful and compassionate caregivers of Unity Hospice.

Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay is assisting the Arnold family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jim may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 2020.
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December 1, 2020
I believe this is the same Jim Arnold I served with in Korea during 1962-63 and continued to serve with at Ft. Hood, Tx. until the fall of 1964. Jim was from Hoyquiam Washington, I think. If this is the same Jim Arnold, I have tried several times to locate him in Washington. Jim was a very close and trusted friend during those years. Always smiling and thinking positive. Sorry about your loss. Sincere Condolences. Phil McTigue
Phil McTigue
October 31, 2020
The Assumption High School Class of 1961 lost a good man. I remember Jim as a kind, smart classmate. At class reunions he talked about Patty's talent. Proud husband. I remember his parents who worked so hard to send their children to Catholic schools. His mom made the best carmel apples and sold them on the sidewalks between Lincoln and Assumption. One treat I looked forward to on my way home. My sympathy to Jim's family. Rest in peace, Jim.
Rosemary Felice
October 27, 2020
I remember playing baseball with and against Jim, and I remember him from high school (though he was a year ahead of me). A good person. Also remember a congenial visit with Jim and Patty at McD’s in WR a while back. Heartfelt condolences to Patty, and best wishes. Jim Mason
Jim Mason
October 26, 2020
Patty & Family, We give you our sympathy on the loss of Jim. Our paths crossed many times when we lived in Wis. Rapids for 40 years. God Bless You All!
Norb & Marian Brunner
October 25, 2020
Dear Patty, Missy, Andy, and Family! God bless you. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have prayed so hard for Jimmy to heal and recover from this horrible disease, but sadly that did not happen! Jimmy was my first born and we had a special connection since Dad was in WWll and it was just the two of us for almost 5 years. He was very smart, talented, strong, and witty. I am going to miss his visits and phone calls. Just keep on remembering all of those great memories of my boy.
October 25, 2020
God bless All of You! Our circle has been broken! My big brother was such a special man. Jim was a leader, he was our friend , he was so smart, and he valued his family above all else. Jim is now enjoying Gods' sweet embrace in Heaven along with dad, Bobba, and so many other family members. In fact I think he even bumped his head on the pearly, white gates of Heaven because he flew up there faster than the speed of lightening! We are going to miss his laugh, his wit, his jokes, his lively spirit and story-telling, and the reminiscing around the table. Mom knew he enjoyed Crown Royal so she always had it in the house just for him. Jim will always be that super-special big brother that we used to run to and he would scoop us up in his arms whenever he came home when we were young children. In fact I think missy used to say our household was like the Brady Bunch! So cute! Well Jim----until we meet again on the other side. So please give our dear dad and Bobba kisses from us and rest well sweet man. Whenever I see a white horse I will think of you! xxxxoooo
Mary Joling (one of Jims' 4 sisters)
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