Arnold was born October 29, 1934 in Hull, Iowa and died on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Hope Hospice of Shell Point. On December 2, 1955 he was united in marriage to Jennie (Jackie) Marie De Jong. They were then blessed with three children, Arnold James, La Jean and Gregory. Arnold helped establish a program for the homeless on the beach. He was a dedicated member of Kiwanis and Chapel by the Sea. He enjoyed golfing, gardening and volunteering with Kiwanis of Fort Myers Beach. Surviving are his wife Jackie, his children Jim and Kathy, La Jean and Bradfield Dobbs, Greg and Di, ten grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren.
A private memorial with immediate family has taken place. The family of Arnold Vander Spoel appreciates the many expressions of sympathy and concern. Memorial donations may be made to Chapel by the Sea or God’s Table, P.O. Box 2997, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 or Hope Hospice of Shell Point 15010 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908.