Steven L. Arnold 67, of Decatur, passed away Saturday June 26, 2021 at his Florida residence.
He was born on December 9, 1953 in Decatur, Indiana to the late Adrain and Jane (Barber) Arnold.
Steve marveled at all of God's creation: the small shoots in his fields and gardens in the spring, the serenity of Pretty Lake, the warmth of the sun rays as it rose in the east until it set in the west, and, his favorite, the soft sounds at the beach as the ocean waves would break. He worked hard throughout his life, allowing these last several years to be spent traveling near and far, growing in friendship with so many and deepening his appreciation for the beauty of the world. Steve's love for and dedication to his family was evident above all. He cherished his 7 children and deeply adored each one of his 24 grandchildren, always acknowledging how blessed he was.
He lovingly desired to capture every experience with a picture, and everything was picture worthy: an athletic event or recital, a garden's feast, an impromptu gathering of a couple or a dozen, a splash in his pond, a day of fishing, tending to and caring for his chickens, the canning of his bushels upon bushels of apples, a facetime call with whoever was smiling back at him, or just snapping to savor a quick visit. He would drop anything for anyone and his family knew it. And at the very end of every day, Steve gave thanks to God for His goodness and mercy and prayed faithfully that "God's will, will be done".
He is survived by the mother of his seven children Marlene Zeitvogel of Decatur, his friend and partner Ken Chaffins of Decatur, two sons Chad (Jenni) Arnold of Dayton, OH., Adam (John) Arnold of St. Louis, MO., five daughters Heather (Christopher) Johnson of Fort Wayne, IN., April (Aaron) Binegar of Decatur, Carrie (Luke) Binegar of Decatur, Lindee (Rich Counterman) Andrews of Decatur, Brandi (Nick) Steury of Decatur, one brother Allen Arnold of Bradenton , FL., two sisters Linda (Jerry) Werling of Fremont, IN., Leisa (Judd) Girard, of Decatur and twenty four grandchildren Daxtyn, Deztinee, Saige, Dylan, Alex, Chase, Ethyn, Dane, Delilah, Logan, Benjamin, Knox, Dawson, Jacob, Lincoln, Jillian, Isaac, Oliver, Crimsyn, Daniel, Valerie, Michael, Beaudyn,and Xavier.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Haggard Sefton Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.
Funeral services will also be at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021, with Rev. Timothy Price officiating. Calling also 1 hour prior to service from 9:00-10:00 a.m.. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrier Project through Haggard Sefton Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.
Arrangements were handled by Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.
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