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Jack T. Arnold

91, born December 7, 1921 in Dupo, Illinois, passed peacefully on October 29, 2013 at his home in Tucson. After graduating from East High in East St. Louis, IL he received a first alternate appointment to West Point and enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he transferred to and accepted a commission in the Army Air Corps. He served two tours in Europe during World War II with the 323rd Bombardment Group, 456th Squadron as the Bombardier/Navigator on a B-26 Marauder, completing 74 combat missions and earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses and numerous other medals. He received a law degree from St. Louis University in 1950 and practiced law in St. Louis, MO before being recalled in 1951 to active duty in the Korean War. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, he completed 30 combat missions as the Bombardier on a B-29 Superfortress, while also serving as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and Dorothy C. Peter were married on June 14, 1952 at Davis-Monthan Chapel. He was admitted to practice in Arizona in 1953, and was a law partner with John P. Somers for 22 years. In 1975, he was appointed as a judge on the Pima County Superior Court, where he served as a trial judge until his retirement in 1991. He was a founder of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic and was involved in the development of housing for the elderly and many other charitable causes. He was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1200 and was very active in his community, but his priorities in life were always his faith and his family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy and their eight children, Tom (Karen), Mary (Paul) Leonardi, Fr. John P. Arnold, Rose (Victor) Fontes, Mike (Linda), Dennis (Tauna), Kevin (Kathy) and Kathleen (Brian) Koppy; 17 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Marjorie and by his three siblings, Rose Marie Arnold, Ed Arnold and Peggy Flack. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1946 E. Lee Street, with a Rosary at 10:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment at Holy Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Elizabeth's Health Center or Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona are appreciated.