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Michael R. Arnold

August 2, 1946 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Michael Arnold Obituary

Michael R. Arnold, 77 of Whiting, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Community Hospital, Munster surrounded by his cherished family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Deborah (nee Schmittel); loving father of Michele, Heather, and Robert (Ashley) Arnold; dearest grandfather of Sabrina, Anthony and Joshua Esparza, Erik (Zeeba), Makenzie, Devon, Kendall and Olivia Arnold; adoring great grandpa of Madison Struss and Kinlee Basaldua; dear brother of Diane (late Thomas) Puplava and the late Richard Arnold and Margaret "Peggy" Arnold; beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting, with the Rev. Timothy McFarland, C.PP.S. of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, officiating, followed by Military Honors; visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 pm to time of services. Expressions of sympathy may be placed online at www.baranfh.com.

Mike Arnold was born on August 2, 1946, to the late Robert Arnold and Jean (Laska) Arnold in East Chicago, Indiana. A lifelong resident of the Whiting-Robertsdale Community, he was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Class of 1964. A US Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he enlisted on October 4, 1964, and was discharged in September of 1969. He was a retiree of the Inland Steel Company (Cleveland Cliffs), East Chicago with a service of 32 years and was a former employee of Exline and the City of Hammond. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, first as a scout for ten years and later as a leader for 30 years. He was a member of the B.P.O.E, Whiting Lodge 1273 (services, Sunday at 3:00 pm), the American Legion, Whiting Post 80, and the V.F.W., Walter Kleiber Post 2724 who together will conduct memorial services on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Devoted to his family, Michael will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Operation Support Our Troops - America would be appreciated (osotamerica.org).  

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
January 21, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Baran Funeral Home
1235 119th St.
Whiting, IN 46394

Whiting Elks Memorial Service
Sunday
January 21, 2024

3:00 PM
Baran Funeral Home
1235 119th St.
Whiting, IN 46394

American Legion Service
Sunday
January 21, 2024

4:00 PM
Baran Funeral Home
1235 119th St.
Whiting, IN 46394

Memorial Service
Sunday
January 21, 2024

5:00 PM
Baran Funeral Home
1235 119th St.
Whiting, IN 46394

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