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Frederick Lyle Arnold worked for the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture

Frederick Lyle Arnold, 92, died in the Lima Memorial Health System on December 31, 2021. Fred was born on May 10, 1929 in Lima to the late Merril and Velma (Yant) Arnold. On January 18, 1959, he married Pat Marquart Arnold.

Fred graduated from Beaverdam High School and served in the US Army during the Korean conflict. Fred was a lifelong farmer working for the Ohio Department of Agriculture where he held many positions and also worked for the Ohio Auditor. He was a member of the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton. Fred served on the Allen County Fair Board for 27 years, was a past president of the Ohio Fair Managers Association, a past board member of the Bluffton School Board, a past president of the Beaverdam Elevator Board, and was a member of the Richland Township Zoning Committee. He was a member of the Bluffton American Legion # 382 and was a 32nd degree Freemason with the Lima Masonic Lodge # 205. Fred loved golf, the Cincinnati Reds and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Among the survivors are his wife, Pat Arnold, from Cairo; four children, Debby Hilty from Lafayette, Mark (Sherry) Arnold from Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Ann (David) Jones from Beaverdam, Lyle (Emily) Arnold from Peoria, Illinois; eleven grandchildren, Dan (Kim) Hilty, Diane Hilty, Denise McKenzie, Doug (Vicki) Hilty, Melanie (Michael) Cullen, Will (Landra) Houston, Louise Jones, Bob Jones, Paul Pritton, Christopher Pritton, Jacob Arnold; twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Fred preceded in death his parents and a young son and daughter.

Services will begin on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Pastors Paul Sonddy and Jeremy Mann officiate. The burial takes place in the Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum in Lima. The visit takes place on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to Putnam County Hospice or Bluffton American Legion Post # 382.

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