Michael Douglas Arnold

  • Born: March 20, 1945
  • Died: August 1, 2011
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center Market Street

635 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel. (317) 387-7000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dad and me about 1974

Michael D. Arnold 66, Indianapolis, passed away August 1, 2011. Michael was born on March 20, 1945 to Walter B. Arnold, Sr. and the late Mabel Marie Arnold (McVeigh).

Michael was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country during the Vietnam War. He earned his master’s degree in business administration and worked as Chief Operating Officer at Bingham McHale, LLP. He was an active member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church; Lockerbie Square People’s Club, where he served as Past-President; and Historic Landmarks. He also volunteered as a mentor at Howe High School.

Michael is survived by his wife, Judith A. (Martin) Arnold; children: Michele Reisdorf (Chris) and Jonathan Arnold (Amy); grandchildren: Matthew, Caitlin, and Cole Reisdorf and Carrie, Emily, and Natalie Arnold; and brothers: Walter B. Arnold, Jr. (Sue), Mark C. Arnold (Carol) and Timothy Arnold.

Friends may call from 3-6pm on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center- Market Street, 635 E. Market Street, Indianapolis. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2011 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Delaware St, Indianapolis. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Coleman Pregnancy Center, Redeemer Presbyterian Church or Howe High School.

You are invited to go to the Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story.

-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Arnold Family,

I worked with Mike many years ago at JMTK. He was a wonderful man with a kind heart. I have thought about Mike often over the years and have many fond memories of legal administrator retreats with "Mad Dog Arnold". Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. May you rest in peace, Mike.

Posted by Kim Bertke - Dayton, OH - Former JMTK colleague   February 01, 2012

I was so very sad to hear of of Mike's passing over the weekend. He was sucha wonderful person. He was so kind to others and touched so many lives. I am very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man.
Rosemary Flannery

Posted by Rosemary Flannery - Fishers, IN - work collegue   January 30, 2012

I too was sad to hear of Mike's passing and share with those others who have posted on this guestbook my condolence to a man's family I did not know but a man I knew as a boy then as a teen, and again as a man. It is funny (surreal) how we seem to have a mystical connection to people we haven't seen in so many years but always seem to re-connect with them every time we meet again. I marvel at our ability to re-kindle ties back to a yesteryear period.
I feel a special kinship to those I graduated from NHS with; a sense of communal pride, commitment, and a strong desire to see how they have fared in life. By all accounts Mike was a successful and happy man. I was especially sad hearing of Mike's death. I felt he was a benchmark for the rest of us and hearing of his death only solidified my own commitment to accomplish those things that I have as yet done but want to do. Mike and I had talked about a golf outing to Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark with Danny Porter and Dave Dragics. Col Porter said he had never played there and had always wanted to. I hope we still get the chance and can hoist a few to Mike.

"The earth will never be the same again
Rock, water, tree, iron, share this grief
As distant stars participate in the pain.
A candle snuffed, a falling star or leaf,
A dolphin death, O this particular loss
A Heaven-mourned; for if no angel cried
If this small one was tossed away as dross,
The very galaxies would have lied.
How shall we sing our love's song now
In this strange land where all are born to die?
Each tree and leaf and star show how
The universe is part of this one cry,
Every life is noted and is cherished,
and nothing loved is ever lost or perished."
Madeleine L'Engle (A Ring of Endless Light)

An Old Friend:
Danny G

Posted by Danny Gartner - Newark, OH - Friend   August 08, 2011

I have known Mike for the past 5 years as we provide office services to Bingham McHale. He was a true gentleman and someone that I can say it was a privilege to know and be friends with. I am thankful for the wisdom that he passed along to me.,

I am truly sorry for his loss and hope that the entire Arnold family realizes what a special person he was. My prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

Posted by Joe Trdinich - Pittsburgh, PA - Business relationship--service p   August 07, 2011

Dear Judy,

We were so sorry to hear about Michael. We have many wonderful memories of seeing you and Mike at ALA conventions for many years before we retired.

Blessings to you and your family at this most difficult time.


Bob and Melissa Parrish

Posted by Bob and Melissa Parrish - Gainesville, GA - friend   August 06, 2011

My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Judy, Jon, Amy and girls. This was such a shock! Mike and you Judy always seem vivacious. My heart goes out to you all. If you need someone to talk to here when you are back in Indy, give me a call. I know he will be missed. Jon and Amy, my heart goes out to you also. Take care. Love to you all.
Pat Sanders and family

Posted by Pat Sanders - Indianapolis, IN - Friend of Family   August 06, 2011

To the Family of Mike Arnold - I have known Mike for many years through ALA. Mike was always so friendly and had a way with making new people feel comfortable who sat at his table during our monthly meetings.

I just now found out about his passing and, therefore, was not able to attend the services for Mike or I would have been there to honor him and his life.

I was privileged to know Mike and am very sad to hear of his sudden passing. May good memories comfort you all at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Frani Cruz

Posted by Frani Cruz - Indianapolis, IN - Colleague/Friend   August 05, 2011

I want you to know that your family will always be in my prayers.


Posted by Stephen R. Grone - Montpelier, OH   August 05, 2011

Dear Judy,

I cannot find the words to say how sorry I am at your loss, as well as all of us who have been blessed to know Mike. I worked with Mike for 8 years at Bingham and mentored with him at Howe for almost 10 years. The respect and admiration I had for Mike were great and he will certainly be missed by everyone.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Sincere sympathy,

Barb Roush

Posted by Barbara Roush - Camby, IN - Co-worker   August 05, 2011

A sad, sad time for the Arnold family, for Lockerbie Square, and for all of Mike's friends and colleagues. We'll miss you Mike.

Pete and Emily

Posted by Peter and Emily Howard - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   August 04, 2011

Dear Jon and family,

I am so sorry for your sudden loss. Your Dad was truly a special man. He treated everyone at the firm with such kindness and respect and he always had a smile for you. May you find comfort in the great memories I am sure you all have. You willall be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Joanne Alexovich - Indianapolis, IN - Business acquaintance   August 04, 2011

I am sorry to hear of the passing of a dear and old freind. Mike and I go back to junior high school when he was at Franklin and I was at Central. In high school we were teammates on the football team. We lost a dear freind. God bless you Monk. Canter.

Posted by Jim Cartner - Newark, OH - Classmate   August 04, 2011

We are so saddened by the loss of Uncle Mike. We wish we could be there with you to celebrate his life. Our hearts go out to you Judy, Shelley, Jon and to the rest of your family. Love, from Derek, Jenn and Taylor

Posted by Derek, Jenn and Taylor Moon - Phoenix, AZ - Family   August 04, 2011

I'm so sorry and saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was always one of the good guys in junior and senior high school. I'm so glad to hear of his love of family and faith in God. I hope your memories of your happy times with Mike sustain you in this time of grief.

Posted by Sharon (Fulton) Hively - Newark, OH - School classmate   August 04, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sarah - Family   August 03, 2011

Judy, Jon and Michele:

I am so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Mike was a true gentleman and a good friend. I first met him in the legal industry and then as a motorcycle rider. Jon also joined us on several motorcycle trips. I have such great memories of our rides. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Joe Doyle

Posted by Joseph R Doyle - Greenwood, IN - Friend and motorcycle buddy   August 03, 2011

I was saddened to hear if Mike's passing. He truly was one of the best in our class. May God uphold you through the time ahead and keep comforting memories of Mike fresh in your hearts.

Posted by Carol Bonham Caspillo - Princeville, HI - NHS class of 1963   August 03, 2011

Judy and family, no words to express the sorrowlean on Him, and on us, He cares for our needs most profoundly in times of profound loss. We love you dearly and with you will so miss the years ahead without Mike in our presence.

Posted by Dennis Schell - Indianapolis, IN - Redeemer friend   August 03, 2011

Judy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have lost a great man and a great friend and of course we will miss him. Even though we only got to see you and Mike for a few days at a time, your friendship is one of the bright spots in our lives. I will be forever grateful for the times with Mike at the LFA meetings and on the golf course. Carolyn and I send our love and support to you and your family.

Posted by Dan & Carolyn Anderson - Alpharetta, GA - Friends   August 03, 2011

Mike and I had just taken our Saturday morning breakfast motorcycle ride to Carthage to eat at Gus's Cafe, one of his favorite spots. His love of family and what the kids were doing always tops on his list. I will truly miss Mike and his down to earth personality.

Tom Ulsas

Posted by Tom Ulsas - Indianapolis, IN - Friend and cycle buddy   August 03, 2011

I knew Mike through our work as legal administrators in Cleveland and would see him at ALA conferences after he and the family relocated. I so sorry to learn of his passing. What a terrific person, a wonderful law firm administrator and a loving family man. I can only imagine how difficult this all must be to you and to your family. I'm sure you will always hold him in your heart and remember the goodness in him. My sympathies go out to you and to the entire Arnold family at this difficult time.
Jim Cowan

Posted by Jim Cowan - Cleveland, OH - Business Friend   August 03, 2011


Dear Judith and Family,

I have heard Mike talk a lot about his family. I had the pleasure to work with Mike Arnold and get to know him and his character over the last few years. Mike was more than a client, but became a dear friend. He was the most awesome man and always asked me about my daughter and school. Mike and I shared the same passion for volunteering. He never ceased to amaze me by his versatile interests in golf, motorcycles, volunteering in the community, and pure kindness in his heart. He was a great man with noticeable integrity and I will miss him dearly.

I pray for you, the entire family and friends that loved Mike. I will cherish having met Mike and the great memories of his kindness.

Tracy Perry

Posted by Tracy Perry - Friend   August 03, 2011

I got to know Mike through our mutual work with historic neighborhoods. He was a great person that always had a smile on his face and was happy to see you. He was incredibly smart and well spoken and a great representative for historic neighborhoods across the city including his own. The city won't be the same without him.

Posted by Brian Mack - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   August 03, 2011

Family of Mike Arnold: I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. I first met Mike at Ben Franklin Junior High School as we became team mates on the basketball team. We always looked to Mike for his leadship on the team. We graqduated from Newark High School in 1963 and we had just got together for our class 65th birthday gathering. It was great to see him and talked about old memories. I was surely shocked about his passing and I still can't believe it. Mike was well respected in our class and it isd a great loss to our class. May GOD comfort the family in this very difficult time as my thoughts and prayers are with the family. You have my deepest sympathy in this great loss to so many. The great hope we have is that we will see him again on day. Ralph F. Howard, Jr.

Posted by Ralph F. Howard, Jr. - Newark, OH - High School Friend   August 03, 2011

Dear Judy & family,

I'm so sorry for your loss.
Mike and I sat next to one another at our high school 65th party dinner last year. It gave me a chance to catch up with him and enjoy his company. Mike was a great guy. He will be missed.

Tom Reed

Posted by Tom Reed - Hillsborough, NC - High School friend   August 03, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a true gentlemen and will be missed. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Posted by James Shirk - Phoenix, AZ   August 03, 2011

I remember Mike as being one of the most respected individuals of both our junior high and high school classes. When I last spoke with him, at a recent high school function, I was once again struck by his kindness and capacity to easily connect with others.

So very sorry to learn of Mike's passing. My thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved him.

Posted by Karen (Householder) Cacopardo - Dallas, TX - Jr high and high school friend   August 03, 2011

Sorry to read about the passing of Mike. I will always have wonderful memories of him during our high school days and as a great teammate on our high school football team. My deepest sympathy.

Posted by Don Kennon - Newark, OH - High School classmate   August 03, 2011


To Mike's family --

I am so very sorry to hear about Mike. He was unquestionably one of the most respected, professional, hard working, fun, devoted, caring guys with the utmost of honesty and integrity -- and the best smile and joke to tell. We met while he was a Legal Administrator in Cleveland, Ohio -- volunteered in the ALA together in many capacities. We kept in touch through the ALA conferences regularly, most recently in Orlando in May. I respect Mike deeply. He will be truly missed. Please hold your memories near and dear to your heart always. He is now in the arms of God where he will forever watch over all of us as a shining angel. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kris Oliveri - Colleague and Friend   August 03, 2011

I had the very good fortune of working with Mike for many years. He touched me in a very positive way that will stay with me forever. It is not enough to say that Mike was a great man.....he will always be remembered.

My thoughts are with the entire Arnold family and I wish you well.


Posted by Dave Hutchinson - Atlanta, GA - Colleague and Friend   August 03, 2011

Mike and I were high school acquaintances. The last time I saw him was at a high school reunion in Newark, Ohio We talked briefly and shared some of our past times. I spend a lot of time on genealogy for me, my family, and my friends. He told me that that was an interest of his as well. I am so sorry for your loss. From his obituary learning of his commitment to his church and his Lord, I know that you are comforted by God's grace. My prayers are with your family.
Libby Orr Williams

Posted by Libby Orr Williams - Helendale, CA - high school friend   August 03, 2011

Submitted by: LONGINUS
Author: Anonymous
Not - How did he die? But - How did he live?
Not - What did he gain? But - What did he give?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not - What was his station? But - had he a heart?
And - How did he play his God-given part?

Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer?
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not - What was his church? Not - What was his creed?
But - Had he befriended those really in need?

Not - What did the sketch in the newspaper say?
But - How many were sorry when he passed away?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

I was reminded of this when thinking of how Mike has touched so many, his was a full measure. He will be missed.

God Bless.

Posted by Drew Hanshew - Fishers, IN - Colleague & Friend   August 03, 2011

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I have nothing but good memories of Mike. He was a really good guy. He will be missed.
Billie Fisher

Posted by Billie Fisher - Portland, OR - High School classmate   August 03, 2011

Dear Judy, Shelly, Jon, Walter, Mark and Timmy,
I am so sorry that you lost a loved one. Mike was exemplary. During our get-togethers for our class, he shared stories about Jon and Shelly as well as good times he shared with you, Judy. He always had funny and interesting stories to tell! He made it know that he loved God and he loved his family. My prayers are with you all.

Walter, Mark and Timmy...I love you guys and I'm sorry you lost a brother. I have a funny story to tell about one time when I was babysitting for Mark: after he took his bath and before he put on his jammies, he strutted out into the living room naked and said "The wiener the world awaited!" It seems to me he could only have heard that jingle from an older brother!

Our class lost a good guy. Mike was one of the most popular guys in the class.

Prayers to all of you. Trust that God loves you. Pam

Posted by Pam Miller - Jupiter, FL - high school friend   August 02, 2011

Dear Arnold Family,

There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. It is our hope that we have been able, in some small way, to lighten your burden and give proper reverence to a life lived. Please let us know if we can be of further service.


Brian and Bruce Buchanan
4th Generation Owners

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