Paul Arnos


STRYKER -- Paul J. Arnos, 91, of rural Stryker, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Napoleon. Prior to his retirement, he had been a lifelong area farmer.

Paul was born in Defiance County, Ohio, on May 31, 1921, the son of Frederick and Frieda (Wesche) Arnos. On December 1, 1946 he married Esther Schumacher, and she preceded him in death in 2008. Together they were blessed with two children and lived a busy, productive life on the family farm in Ridgeville Corners, Ohio. He was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, corner of U.S. 6 and Ohio 66, Stryker, where he had been president of the congregation, the Sunday school superintendent and had also been a teacher. He had also been active with the choir and had held numerous offices within the church. Paul had been on the board of directors for the Ridgeville Telephone Company, and had been active with the Lutheran Laymen's League. Paul enjoyed dartball.

Surviving are one son, David (Karen) Arnos of Stryker; one daughter, Marilyn (Peter) Heintz of Orland Park, Illinois; three grandsons, Michael (Elizabeth) Arnos of Oxford, Ohio, Matthew (Hannah) Arnos of Stryker, and Christopher (Lauren) Arnos of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one stepgrandson, James (Theresa) Heintz of Boulder City, Nev.; twin great-grandsons, Evan and Brady Arnos; one great-granddaughter, Elsie Arnos; one brother, John (Doris) Arnos of Ridgeville Corners; and one sister-in-law, Margaret Arnos of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; both parents; and one brother, Elmer Arnos.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2012, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Dale Kern officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Worship for Shut-Ins, the St. John Lutheran expansion fund or the St. John Lutheran stained glass fund. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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