Bobby Jack Arnold passed away January 11, 2019 in his home in Houston, Texas from unknown causes.
He was born in Anchorage, Alaska, August 13, 1966 to Hillin Lee (Jack) and Karlene Lea Arnold. He is preceded in death by his father, Jack. He is survived by his older siblings, Pamela Trengove, Cynthia Cervas, Richard Arnold and by his younger brother, Danny Jack Arnold. Bobby is also survived by his two children, Logan and Jade Arnold. He is also the uncle of numerous nephews, nieces, great-nieces and cousins.
Bobby was born in Anchorage, Alaska and lived most of his childhood there. His parents moved to Ava, Missouri in 1982 and Bob graduated from high school there and then joined the Army. He went to basic training in Ft. Benning, Georgia and was with the 9th Battalion, Charlie Company, 2nd platoon. During his two years of service, Bob was stationed in Panama as a machine gunner on helicopters and was always proud of his military service.
Growing up in Alaska was fun for any child. It included ice skating, building snow forts, snowball fights and sledding in the winters. In the summers it was days that never ended so you could play outside til 10 or 11 p.m. and it would still be light. While living in Missouri, the family lived on a 122 acre ranch with cattle, horses and chickens. Bobby and his younger brother, Dan, camped out, hunted and fished often together and had many parties on the property. Bobby always found strays wherever he lived: frogs, snakes, turtles and occasionally a kitten or dog. He would bring them home and sometimes hide them in order to keep them.
Bob had numerous jobs after his military service but never found what made him happy. He was a soul who should have been born in a former time: a fur trader, married to a Native American and probably living among them or even happy living alone in the wilderness with just his family. He also would have been an amazing park ranger because he loved the outdoors and nature. He loved knives and guns. He loved to read and would read everything from comic books to James Patterson to Stephen King novels. He was also a fan of scary movies. His favorite song was Traveling Soldier by the Dixie Chicks.
Bobby was the most loyal of friends and was always willing to help others. He had several beloved pets – all dogs. Above all else, Bobby loved his children the most. He always thought about them and did what was best for them.
There will be a small funeral for immediate family, January 25th at the National Cemetery to honor his life. The military will present his children with a flag and his family will share their favorite memories of Bobby Jack. Three words to describe Bobby: loyal, fierce, proud. You will be missed.