David T. "Dave" Arnold - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

David T. “Dave” Arnold

February 18, 1987 - December 9, 2023

David T. “Dave” Arnold, age 36, of Newark, Delaware, passed away at home on Saturday, December 9, 2023. He will be remembered as a kind and loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, friend, and colleague who had a heart of gold.

Born in Newark, DE on February 18, 1987, he was a son of David and Cindy Arnold. Growing up, Dave was an exceptional baseball and guitar player. As an adult, Dave was a dedicated employee at Acme Markets for over a decade and he made many friends there along the way.

Dave was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He loved watching the Phillies and Eagles with friends and family. He loved music, including performing with his guitar and attending Dave Mathews Band shows. He was also a man of deep faith who took great pride in performing at church. Dave was the life of the party and enjoyed making others laugh. He felt his best when he was spending time with the family and friends he loved deeply.

Dave was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Doris Hoeflinger, as well as his paternal grandfather, David Arnold. He is survived by his loving parents, David and Cindy Arnold of Newark, DE; his brother Chuck Arnold (Katie) of Wilmington, DE; his sister, Julie Tepner (Bryan) of Middletown, DE; and his beloved nieces and nephews: Alexandra Arnold, Bryce Arnold, Sawyer Tepner, and Violet Tepner. He also leaves behind his paternal grandmother, Myrtle Arnold, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him dearly. Finally, he will be greatly missed by his many devoted friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at Connection Community Church, 4744 Summit Bridge Rd., Middletown, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 4:00 pm. Please feel free to attend the services wearing your favorite sports jersey since jerseys are what Dave liked wearing the most.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arnold family. Please contact Chuck Arnold at [email protected] for information on how to contribute.


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17 Condolences for David T. “Dave” Arnold

  • Words cannot express how very saddened we were to hear of David’s passing. We are keeping all of you close in thought and prayer.

  • I have been thinking of you all and praying for you. May the Lord watch over each of you and give you comfort.

  • Prayers and blessings to the Arnold Family!!! You truly will be missed by MANY– R.I.P. Dave GO Eagles!!!

  • You were one of the real ones Dave. One of the founding members of our football league. Although we all communicated from across the country we could count on you to keep us entertained, shower us with your Eagles knowledge. You’re gonna be missed by all brotha. From the guys in the King Of the North league.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Dave! I lived down the street from him in Brookside during middle school and high school. Some friends and I would often walk down to his house during the middle school years to say hello.

    I went through a bout of anxiety and depression a few years ago and he stopped to comment on my post about his own past struggles with anxiety and wishing me well. I will always remember how kind he was about it.

    He is now in heaven and will go on through all of those who knew and cared about him.

    I’m truly sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I met David when he was a reader for my daughter’s wedding to Tommy Wilkinson. I remember what a kind gentleman he was and it was evident he was a gentle loving soul. Will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers ❤️

  • We all send our prayers, love and deepest sympathy to the Arnold Family. David was always a kind, gentle soul. With All Our Love, The Pilato Family

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Dave for 20 plus years since he met our son Tyler at Newark HS and they became fast and close friends. Over the years they shared many fun, heart warming adventures along with the close knit circle of friends they were blessed to share. He was a talented musician as well as a kind and gentle young man. Thoughts and prayers to all who loved him.

  • Cindy, Dave & Family.
    We send our love & prayers to all of family at this heart breaking time.
    You are all in our prayers.
    Mary & Ron Dean

  • We weren’t close friends but we have a lot of mutual friends and I know you were a great person to just about anybody!! Go Eagles!!!! Much love to you and your family 🙏

  • May God give strength and comfort to your family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Heatherton Favazza

  • I’m sorry to hear this. I remember playing ball up brookside with Dave and Chucky all the time. And going up to his house to play video games. Many summers hanging out when we were young. RIP

  • Mike and Donna Shaver
    Our boys grew up together and played baseball together and remained friends. Our families went to Church and enjoyed watching them play baseball together. David and Chucky were always welcome at our house as well as our boys at theirs. We really miss those days and we truly miss David. God bless you and we will see you in Heaven young man.

  • Sad to see a good one go. Loved hanging out & playing ball with David at Brookside when we were kids…those were the days! My thoughts & prayers go out to the Arnold family.

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy for this unthinkable loss.

    God’s garden grows more beautiful everyday.

  • Dave Arnold was the best friend any guy could ask for. You will be missed everyday brother. You keep playing them strings up high. Until we meet again my friend….

  • Dave and Cindy and all your family members.
    “Even in our deepest sadness, He’s there – weeping with us, mourning with us, understanding our needs. Jesus will hold you close and His unfailing love will heal your heart.” Our prayers are there with you during this trial. With sympathy and caring, Roger and Winnie Wagner