King-Lynk Funeral Home obituary – Opal J. Arnold, 90, Fort Madison

Opal Jean "Nick" Arnold, 90, of Fort Madison died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.

Opal Jean “Nick” Arnold, 90, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 7:45 AM at The Madison.

   She was born on November 5, 1929 in Rutledge, MO to Jewel and Vera Pulse Nichols.  On November 15, 1951 she married Don E. “Bud” Arnold in Ft. Madison and he passed away on July 3, 1991.  In her early years Nick worked at Sheaffer Pen Co.  She then cooked for the inmates at the Lee County jail and also was a baker for several years at Hy-Vee.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the American Legion.  Nick enjoyed volunteering by helping take people to and from various appointments and traveling to California to visit family.     

    Survivors include one son, Michael (Carol) Arnold of West Point; one daughter Carol (Richard)    Gentili of Springfield, IL; four grandchildren, Ronnie Gentili, Susan (Mike) Finigan, Adam Steffensmeier, Holly (JT) Thompson; five great grandchildren and her sister, Wilma (Gil) Rubio of Alpina, MI.   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and six siblings.

   A graveside service will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Soldiers Circle, Oakland Cemetery in Ft. Madison with Rev. Kayla Carney officiating.  King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

   A memorial has been established for PAW Animal Shelter or the Ft. Madison Food Pantry and online condolences may be left at

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