Kenneth Arnott

Obituary of Kenneth Arnott

Kenneth John Arnott entered into the loving arms of our Lord on November 12, 2014 at Independence Manor in Flemington, NJ. He was 98 years old. Born in Plainfield NJ he moved to Virginia at the age of six months and then to Princeton at the age of 13. He was the younger son of John and Flora May Arnott. At his death his wife Beverly (nee Stratton) of 59 years and daughter Kimberly were by his side. He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Ann Arnott of Princeton and Kimberly Ann and Michael Wolfe of Annandale NJ, two granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Maxwell of Philipsburg, NJ and her three children Lola Coleman and twins Stella and Sebastian Coleman and their father Maurice Coleman, his granddaughter Vanessa Marie McKellar and her unborn daughter Imani Breland and her father Maurice Breland, and nephew Winfield Scott Arnott II and his wife Mary Arnott. Kenneth is predeceased by a son, Mark Kenneth Arnott, a brother Winfield Scott Arnott and a nephew John Douglass Arnott. Kenneth attended the Friends School in his formative years. He entered the United States Army on April 10, 1942 and served in WWII as a radar operator and Technician Fifth Grade. He fought in battles and campaigns in Central Europe, Northern France, Rhineland, Southern France and Rome-Arno. He was honorably discharged on November 20, 1945 and received the WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal and American Service Medal. He owned and operated the Princeton Pet Shop and made frequent trips to Central and South America to capture wild animals for the pet trade and to establish captive breeding programs in zoos. Simultaneously he worked for Princeton University Biology Department. He also worked in the research department of the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute for two years before becoming a lab technician at Ethicon Research Foundation, Johnson and Johnson. He retired in 1981. Kenneth was a lover of painting in oils, the beauty of nature and had boundless knowledge of animals and their behaviors. He had many friends who considered him to be a true gentleman. He is loved and missed by us all and was truly a very special man. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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