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Arnold David Studer

July 20, 1930 - September 20, 2018

Arnold David Studer (“Doc”) passed away on September 19, 2018. He was 88 years old. Doc was born on July 20, 1930 in East Chicago, Indiana as one of 3 sons to Victor and Sarah Studer. He attended George Rogers High School and obtained his B.A. and a degree in public health from Indiana University. At Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

While at Indiana State, he met the love of his life, Peggy Lou Morris while she was attending DePaw University. They married June 14, 1952 and together they had 4 wonderful children””Debra, David, Steven, and Derek. He and Peggy built Penn Animal Hospital in Jennersville, Pa., and he practiced Veterinary Medicine for 37 years (10 years in large animal and 27 years in small animal). In 1975 he invented the Ovassay Diagnostic Test which was bought by Johnson and Johnson and is still being used today.

Arnold and Peggy retired to Oak Run Village in Ocala, Fl, where they were involved in voluntary work at the Humane Society and Munroe Hospital. They became very active in Oak Run Little Theatre. They returned to Newark, DE in 2012 to be near their children and families.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased in death by his brother, Victor Studer. He is survived by his wife, Peggy – his daughter, Debra & husband, Derek Meade of New Rochelle, N.Y. – his son, David & wife Annie of Cochranville, PA – his son, Steven & wife Raven of Wilmington, DE – his son Derek & his wife Yvonne of Avondale PA – four grandchildren – Sarah Studer of Beaumont, Texas – Kelly Aukamp of New Providence, PA – Hadley and Bennett Studer of Avondale, PA – step granddaughter Beth Sullivan of Baltimore, MD – his brother, Bill Studer of Columbus, Ohio – his brother-in-law Bill Morris of Plant City, FL – his sister-in-law Carol Millsom of New York, NY and many loving nieces and nephews.

Arn loved all animals and spent long and dedicated hours in caring for them. In addition to his family of furry friends, he shall be greatly missed by his many human friends and clients.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, which will be held at the Holy Angels Catholic Church, 82 Possum Park Rd.,Newark, DE. with visitation starting at 10:00 am followed by Mass at 11:00 am. Interment will be held at All Saints Cemetary, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Arnold to the Wounded Warrior Project at


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  • For several years as a teenager, Arnold allowed me to “help” him in his veterinary practice. He taught me so many wonderful things, and not just about being vet. He was a compassionate man and lived life fully. I have only very great memories about Arnold.

  • Oh guys… 🙁 Peggy, Deb, Dave, Steve, and Derek. My heart and tears go out to all of you.
    Doc was a great and wonderful man. He was a big part of my life growing up. Russ and I have so many memories working with him in the office and on large animal calls. We felt like family. We loved him. Now he is with Russ and the two of them can watch over us. My condolences. He will be missed.

  • Doc… You will be missed, I was very saddened to hear of your passing. I always enjoyed you and Peggy and your warmth and hospitality, I always felt like one of your family. I had the best homemade sauerkraut, steaks, scotch and the best broiled Thanksgiving turkey I ever had at your house. These are only some of the things I will always remember about you. Thanks Dave, for introducing me to Doc, your mom and your bros and sis (you know who you are), you are all in my thoughts.