David J. Arseneault, 58, a security guard for the past three years with the National Detective Agency in Sliver Spring, died of a liver ailment Saturday at his home in Cheverly.

Mr. Arseneault was born in Arlington, Mass. He served in the Air Force for eight years during World War II and the Korean conflict.

He established a home in this area in 1950 while still in the Air force and later worked for about 25 years as an auto mechanic at service stations in Prince Georges' County.

He was a member of the Tuxedo-Cheverly Volunteer Fire Department during the 1960s and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 108 in Cheverly.

Mr. Arseneault was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly.

He is survived by his wife, Mary C., and a son, Joseph F., both of the home; four other sons, David J. Jr., of Loretto, Pa., John P., of Laurel, James D., of Washington, and Christopher, Judith Schutz, of Riverdale, N.Y., and Janet Cox, of Knoxville, Tenn., and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in form of contributions in the name of Mr. Arseneault to the scholarship fund at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington.*