US Air Force

John A. Arrigo

July 14, 1946 ~ May 31, 2020 (age 73)


On Sunday, May 31, 2020, Colonel John Anthony Arrigo (retired), loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 73. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Annie Arrigo, and his children, James, Karen, and Brandon Arrigo. John was born on July 14, 1946 in Manchester, Iowa to Danial & Loraine Arrigo and was raised in Chicago, IL.  He served as a police officer with the Chicago Police Department from 1968-1972 and with the Oak Park Police Department until 1977, receiving a Medal of Valor during that time. Afterward, he served in Chicago as a State's Attorney with the Juvenile Division of the Cook County State Attorney's Office from 1977-1979 before returning to police work with the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Police Department.  In August 1980, John received a direct commission as a Captain with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Department, serving as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at Malmstrom AFB, Montana. He served his country as part of the U.S. Air Force for 25 years, retiring in 2005 as a Colonel.  After retiring from the Air Force, Colonel Arrigo counseled children at Williams Elementary in Huntsville, AL, eventually moving his expertise to Owens Cross Roads Elementary in Owen Cross Roads, AL.  He retired from Counseling in 2016 with a hunger for adventure and together with his wife, followed their passion of traveling the world.

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