In Loving Memory…

John W. Arnest

John William Arnest, son of Charles S and Mary Eisenhart Arnest, died suddenly at home in Warsaw on 3 December 2017.

He was born at Bothwell Hospital on 6 February 1947 and raised in Sedalia. John attended Broadway Elementary and graduated from Smith-Cotton High School (SC) in 1965. At SC he was elected Junior and then Senior High School Student Council President. He also played trombone in the band and was a tackle on the football team.

In 1967, John joined the US Navy and was trained as a Communications Technician (CT). Awarded a Navy scholarship, he received a BS degree in computer engineering from Purdue University and was commissioned as a line officer, later transferring to the supply corps. After serving over a 22 year period, including deployments to the Vietnam theater, John retired as a Lieutenant Commander.

He then worked for a contractor supplying equipment and parts to the Kuwaiti Air Force. When Saddam invaded Kuwait, John evacuated to Saudi Arabia until Kuwait was liberated. In November of 1993 John married Jeanne Madden who joined him in Kuwait.

Later they returned to Warsaw MO to own and operate the very successful Chuck Wagon BBQ restaurant. John enjoyed barbecuing, camping, and traveling. He was a man of faith, a patriot, and one who never was afraid to take the fork in the road. He fought the good fight and now rests in victory.

In addition to his wife Jeanne, survivors include a son Chad Arnest of Watkinsville, GA; stepson Brad Wasson of La Monte; 2 grandchildren, Jacob and Lauren; 2 brothers, Charles Arnest of Salem OR and Jim Arnest of San Francisco, CA.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a younger brother, David Arnest.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 8 at Heckart Funeral Home. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Navy.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Fisher House or the Sedalia Animal Shelter.


  1. Jan and Gary Burnett :

    Keeping your family in our Prayers. Love Gary and Jan Burnett

  2. Prayers to you and your family, Jeanne.

  3. Cheryl Palmer Campbell :

    My faith, love and support are here for you today and always.

  4. Connie and Eric Dueker :

    He was the best and will be dearly missed. Blessings and strength to all the family.

  5. Thoughts and prayers to you, Jeanne.

  6. Jerry & Rosemar Fronabarger :

    Our condolences, Jeanne, and Prayers for comfort in this difficult time.

  7. Jeanne, keeping you in my prayers.. May John rip🙏

  8. Patty Wallace :

    Sending love and prayers. May God give you strength and peace.

  9. Sheril Lembrich :

    Sorry for your loss, prayers to the family, heaven just gained a wonderful man

  10. So sorry for your loss. My condolences to the families. May John rest in peace but remain in your hearts.

  11. Jeanne you are in my prayers my dear friend. Treasure the memories of the love John had for you and know he is forever in your heart. God bless you and may John RIP….Love to you, Kathy Jackson

  12. Judy Schliefert :

    So sorry for you loss Jeanne. We are praying for you….
    Love…Rick and Judy Schliefert

  13. Bill and Dianne Brown :

    We’ve been praying for you Jeanne. We are blessed that John was in our lives. We love you.
    Bill and Dianne Brown

  14. Deeply sorry for your loss, prayers for peace and comfort Jeanne, and all the family for the days ahead.

  15. Carol and David Woolworth :

    Jeanne, So sorry for your sudden loss! Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  16. Gabriela Benitez :

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless each of you and help you during this sad and difficult time. Your family will be in my prayers.

  17. Dennis & April Brown :

    Prayers up for the family. A loss for all of us.

  18. Dear Jeanne, Jim,Charles and family, please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers upon Johns passing. Be assured the heavens just got a new bright and shiny star and the Lord is holding him in the palm of His hand. I am sorry that I cannot attend his service but I will be thinking of all of you. Sincerely, Pam McGrath

  19. Thoughts and prayers for you and family.

  20. Tony and Patty Hasty :

    Dear Jeanne & Family,
    We are deeply sorry for your great loss. Praying your faith will give you strength and your memories will bring you peace. John will be missed and always remember. Wish we could be at the service to celebrate his life. Sending our love and sympathy.

  21. Dennis and Janice Esel :

    God’s peace and love.

  22. Dwayne Shepherd :

    We are very sorry for your loss we thought a lot of John he will be greatly missed

  23. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I just reconnected a few years ago. I always thought so highly of him and remember him from church and family connections. You are in my prayers.

  24. Bud & Polly Scott :

    Praying for you and your family.

  25. So sorry for your loss Jeanne and may John rest in peace. You are in my prayers.

  26. Dad and I want to send our condolences, so sorry for your loss!

  27. Ray & Carole Naylor :

    Jeanne, sending our sincere sympathy in your sudden loss of John. Our thoughts are with you.

  28. David Henry Letro :

    May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comfort you and Jeanne you are a focus of my daily prayers.

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