Jerry Arnold

Jerry Edwin Arnold

1942 - 2021

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Jerry Edwin Arnold passed away peacefully on April 7, 2021, following a brief, valiant battle with cancer. Born in Los Angeles on April 14, 1942, Jerry became the man of the house at an early age following the unexpected passing of his father. Caring for his mom and sisters shaped him into a sentimental ‘girl dad’ and he forever put his family’s needs first. Jerry is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Linda; daughters Karin (Brad) Manning and Krista (Emil) Johansen; grandchildren Ceili, Conor, Sofia, Ella, and Hayden; sisters Janalee Weibel Bounds and Linda (Jim) Williams; brother-in-law Robert (Peggy) Swift; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Theo Arnold, and in-laws, Hayden and Dixie Swift. Jerry enlisted in the US Army in 1964 and was deployed to Vietnam where he served as both a helicopter mechanic and PX operator. Following their marriage on May 7, 1966, Jerry and Linda explored the US on a cross-country trip to their army base destination in Fort Benning, GA, where he achieved Specialist 5 Technician rank. After honorable discharge, Jerry worked for LA Water and Power at several power plants, including operating a bridge crane and working on large machinery at the Hoover Dam. He followed his in-laws to Santa Rosa in 1974 where he settled to raise his own family. Jerry learned the sheet metal trade and worked in the HVAC industry through the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 104 for 32 years. He worked for many local companies throughout the Bay Area and enjoyed the challenge of architectural projects until his retirement in 2006. One of Jerry’s favorite activities was ocean fishing, something that reminded him of good times with his own dad. He removed many ‘stuck’ bobbers from reeds and trees in local lakes as he taught his daughters and grandchildren to fish. He loved his family dogs, photography, camping trips, coffee, and conversation, making many friends over the years. Jerry never knew a stranger. He began early mornings at Sonoma Bagel and Deli chatting with the owner as he helped ‘open shop’ or the local Starbucks with the morning crew. He was best known for his creativity, problem-solving, wealth of information, stories, wit, and friendly pranks, fondly nicknamed ‘Jerry jokes’. He was a kind husband, dad, and Papa who dropped everything to help others. Jerry’s happy, positive spirit will be very deeply missed by many whose lives he touched. Our immediate family will hold a private graveside service at Santa Rosa Memorial Park with arrangements by Eggen & Lance. Anyone who wishes may make a donation to their favorite charity in Jerry’s memory.
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