Obituary of Mark Arnold
Mark E. Arnold, 63, of Jacksonville, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born November 30, 1953, in Mendota, the son of Cletus and Bonnie Andrews Arnold.
Mark is survived by two children, Matt (Andrea) Arnold of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Stephanie (Josh) Dugan of Springfield; one step-daughter, Jaime Cochran (Casey) of Muscatine, Iowa, five grandchildren, Greyleigh Dugan, Lily Arnold, Max Arnold, Landrie Dugan, and Laney Arnold; two step-grandchildren, Austen Howard and Hunter Cochran, three brothers, Rick Arnold of Roodhouse, Lyndell (Nora) Arnold of Jacksonville, and Scott (Pam) Arnold of Davis Junction, two sisters, Carolyn Arnold of Roodhouse and Karen (Phil) McLaughlin of Winchester, and several nieces and nephews. Mark was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Donna Arnold.
Mark was a 1971 graduate of Jacksonville High School and lettered in football. Most recently he served as class president. He worked several years for Crawford Lumber and Glenn Neff Builders before starting Mark E. Arnold Construction, which he owned and operated for 31 years. Mark specialized in historical restoration, most notably the complete renovation of Beecher Hall, the first college building in Illinois; and the Governor Duncan Mansion. Mark finished his career working for Jim Seymour Builders.
Mark was a member and volunteer at West Side Christian Church in Springfield. His passion for Christ led him to devote countless hours visiting shut-ins and volunteering with the youth ministry at First Christian Church in Jacksonville, where he previously served as an elder. He also was a leader in the Explorer’s Bible Study. Mark served as a member and board president of the Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living.
Mark enjoyed watching JHS football games with his brother Lyndell. He loved his family and cherished his role of “Papa Mac” to his grandchildren. His family takes great comfort in knowing that his Saviour has fully restored him from the confines of his wheel chair and is able to run through the Gates of Heaven.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Bowers Cemetery near Alsey. The family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.