Lee O. Arnold, age 59 of Plymouth passed away on April 6, 2020 after a hard fought battle with liver disease.
Lee was born on April 14, 1960 in Livonia, Michigan to his parents, Jimmy and Kay (née Bradfute) Arnold. He is the loving and devoted father of four children – Amy Jones, Amanda Arnold, Ashley Arnold (Don Richter) and Mitchell Arnold; proud grandfather of Mckenzie, Rodrigo, Kylie and Sofia. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his siblings, Brad Arnold (Sherry Cummings), Todd Arnold (Teresa Arnold), and Becky Krupa. His significant other Melissa Jackson and her three children Brandon, Carmine and Desteny cherished the 8 years they were able to spend together making memories, and will miss him enormously.
Lee was a proud carpenter by trade, working on residential and commercial projects. He grew a love for log cabins, and prized his time spent learning how to build them in Louisiana in the early 80’s. One of Lee’s favorite things to do when driving around with you was to point out projects he had worked on over the years. He loved to tell you, “Hey, you see that building over there… I built that!” He would reminisce about the project and always had a funny story about something that had happened. He would get such a laugh when we would drive by that place again and we could say, “Hey, you see that building over there Dad… you built that!!”
Lee was a lighthearted carefree kind of guy who always wanted to make those around him smile. He treasured his relationships, and would do anything in his power to help a friend in need. Lee was a talented wood carver, an adoring dog Dad to Sugar –Maverick- Baby and Bella, avid music lover, baseball card collector and a devoted fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Over the years he would talk about the time when he was a young boy and he met his favorite Tiger Al Kaline. Imagine our surprise when we learned the news of Al Kaline passing on April 6th as well. Headed to the big baseball game in the sky together!
Lee would always say the best moment in his life was when he became a Grandpa. Known as Papa to his four grandkids, they shared many fun experiences and created memories to last a lifetime. He loved taking his grandkids to all kinds of fun events like Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, Whaler’s games, Red Wing games, Tiger’s games, concerts, car shows, the movies, out to dinner, camping, the drive in, and the Michigan State Fair. He loved watching his grandkids learn and grow with their interests and passions, and rarely missed an opportunity to see them perform. Sporting events/competitions, dance recitals or school plays Papa was there and their biggest cheerleader. How lucky they were to be loved so greatly by their beloved Papa.
A funeral service will be live-streamed on Friday, April 10th at 5:00pm from the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. Please click the “Tribute Wall” link at the top of Lee’s obituary at 4:50pm in which time the live-streaming will begin. The immediate family and invited guests will gather privately prior to the service.
Please be advised that in observance of the governmental order from the State of Michigan, we will be limiting funeral/visitation gatherings to 10 people at any one time. When in attendance, we kindly ask, for the safety and well-being of the families we serve and for your health, that everyone practice social distancing and consideration for other guests in attendance by keeping your visit brief.