Norman Arndt ’59

Norman Harold Arndt, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 5, 2023. Born on March 3, 1933, in Morley, Michigan, to Carl and Doris Arndt, Norman led a life marked by service, faith, and love for his family. Norman was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Doris Arndt, his brother Donald Arndt, and sister-in-law Pat Arndt. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Arndt, and their three sons, David (Tammy), Edward (Janet), and Thomas (Sharon). He was a cherished grandfather to Olivia, Timothy (Alexandra), Cassia, and Rinnah, and a great-grandfather to MaryKate, Oliver, Sunny, and Mira. Norman’s educational journey led him to Hope College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. His academics was matched by his dedication to service, a trait that was evident throughout his life. Norman served his country in the Korean Conflict as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, a role that instilled in him a deep sense of duty and honor. Upon returning from service, Norman continued to give back to his community. He was a mentor for Junior Achievement for many years, where he helped shape the minds of future leaders. A devout Christian, he was an active member of Gideons International and was involved in jail and prison ministry. He also served as a Sunday school teacher, guiding young minds on their spiritual journey. Norman was a man of many interests, always engaged in a project or lending a helping hand. He was a steady, faithful presence, quietly doing good for others. He was an active runner for many years, participating in riverbank runs and inspiring those around him with his dedication to fitness and health. Above all, Norman was a loving individual. His kindness and generosity were felt by all who knew him. He had a unique ability to make people feel valued and loved, and his presence will be deeply missed. Norman Harold Arndt’s life was a testament to his commitment to service, his devotion to his faith, and his love for his family. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched, and his memory.

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