Jason Dale Arnold. 48 / May 6, 1961 – Jan. 28, 2010

Published 1:06am Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jason Dale Arnold, 48, of Sunset Ridge Court, Niles died at 3:47 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend from injuries sustained in a fall.

He was born May 6, 1961 in Niles to Dale L. and Freida G. (Price) Arnold. He graduated from Niles High School in 1979 and was a lifetime resident of Niles.

Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and communications from Albion University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and later in 1985, he earned his master’s degree in special education from Western Michigan University. He was employed at Lighthouse Education Center in St. Joseph.

Jason was a member of Church of Christ on Huron Street in Niles. He excelled in sports in high school and played basketball at Albion University. While in high school he was named to the All-Conference and All-State Second Team in basketball. He coached Buchanan basketball leagues and some baseball Little Leagues. Jason enjoyed hunting, golfing, snowmobile riding, boating and was an avid Notre Dame fan.

On June 18, 1988 in Niles he married Karen S. (Knoll) Arnold, who survives.

He is also survived by his son, Dylan H. Arnold, and his daughter, Alexis G. Arnold, both at home in Niles; his parents, Dale L. and Freida G. Arnold of Niles; his sister, Lori R. Vandagriff of Searcy, Ark.; and nieces, Sarah and Staci Vandagriff, both of Searcy.
Services for Jason Dale Arnold will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles with David Thompson of Church of Christ in Niles officiating.
Internment will be held at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Jason may be made to Church of Christ in Niles or Children’s Homes Inc. in Paragould, Ark.

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