Arthur SmithArthur Smith passed at his home in Minneapolis surrounded by his devoted family Jan. 27, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Through months of treatment and care Art lost abilities but never ever lost his essence and was a loving husband, great father and wonderful grandfather until his last breath.
Arthur Smith passed at his home in Minneapolis surrounded by his devoted family Jan. 27, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Through months of treatment and care Art lost abilities but never ever lost his essence and was a loving husband, great father and wonderful grandfather until his last breath.
After losing his mother at an early age, he was raised by his grandmother in Illinois, later to return to his family in Barnes, Wis. He graduated from Drummond High School in 1954 and not long after that joined the U.S. Air Force for four years. While stationed in Plattsburg, New York he met and married his lifelong love Fredricka Sheldon. He got his college degree and reentered the Air Force as an officer. He became a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Art and Freddie gave birth to four children Mark, Jeff, Tim and LouAnne.
During his decorated career as an Air Force Officer he and his family traveled all over the United States. They lived and spent time in New York, Oregon, Florida, California and Canada. Art had tours of duty that included Seoul Korea, Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Newfoundland, Iceland and many others.
Upon retirement from service he and Freddie returned to Barnes to build their dream home on his lakeside property. His grandchildren spent their summers and his children still know it as "home" even now. Throughout his life he was known as a hunter, fisherman, bird and wildlife watcher and avid rock hound. His warmth, wit and charm were famous to anyone who knew him, respected and loved him. He was known for his ability to share his experiences through his exciting stories.
For Art we can easily say "There was not a bird or animal he didn't see...a fish he didn't catch...a rock he didn't find or heart he didn't lighten".....We will all miss him dearly.
Services to be held at Gordon Presbyterian Church, 14465 Antoine Circle, Gordon Wis. at 11:00 a.m., Friday Feb. 3, 2012.
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