October 31, 1946 - December 24, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Michael R Arnold (66) of OKC, died December 24, 2012 after a long illness. He was born October 31, 1946 in Newbern, NC to Oliver Orrin and Vivian Joy Arnold. He played basketball and quarterbacked Enid High School's 1965 football state championship team, earning All-State honors, and holding the receiving record for 40 years, tied by Austin Box. He was a quarterback at Oklahoma State University. Mike was a Captain in the US Army, serving in Vietnam and Germany. He retired from Kerr-McGee Oil Company after 27 years' service, many in foreign crude. Mike married Linda Smith Hale in October 1980. He was active in Junior Achievement. Mike was proud of co-founding Michael's Friends and the Dolphin Swim Team, organizations for individuals with special needs, with wife Linda and BJ Cowden (sister-in-law). Mike was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law. Mike is survived by his wife, Linda and son, Michael of the home; two daughters, Michelle (Kevin) Carolan of Chandler, AZ and Stephanie (Rusty) Long of OKC; three siblings; a brother-in-law; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 16 nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was loved and will be greatly missed. Visitation will be at Mercer Adams Funeral Home, Bethany, Oklahoma on Sat., Jan. 5, 9am-5pm. Graveside military service at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Lawton, OK, will be held Monday, Jan. 7, 2:00pm. Memorial donations may be made to: Michael's Friends, P.O. Box 721339, OKC, OK 73172. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com

Funeral Home

Mercer-Adams Funeral Service - Bethany
3925 North Asbury Avenue  Bethany, OK 73008
(405) 495-4363

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 3, 2013