ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Arthur C. Williams, age 91, of 360 S. Rose St., Ishpeming Township, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Mather Nursing Center with his son, John, and niece, Judy Marra, at his side following a very brief illness.
Art was born August 13, 1921, in Ishpeming the son of the late John A. and Annie (Martin) Williams. Art grew up in Ishpeming and attended the Ishpeming Public School System. He entered the U.S. Army in January of 1943 as a colonel's chauffeur in the 357th AAA search light battalion, lighting up the skies over Europe during World War II. He was honorably discharged in January of 1946 after earning several decorations, citations and medals. He returned to Ishpeming and was united in marriage to Ruth Maatta on April 16, 1956. He resided in the Ishpeming area all his life, working on construction in his early years for the Hercules Powder Company, and then for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. as a heavy equipment operator mainly at the Republic Mine and then for a period at the Tilden Mine, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, and the oldest living member of the Ishpeming Elks Lodge #447 at the time of his death.
Art's family was the greatest enjoyment in his life and he loved to spend time with all of them, especially at his camp, welcoming all who came to visit. He was an avid outdoorsman in his younger years, and still looked forward to deer season. Most recently Art was interested in all types of sports and was content in watching them on his big screen TV, rarely missing a game. He was blessed with good health throughout his life and was considerate and caring for those that needed his help.
Survivors include a son John (Nancy) Williams of Antigo, WI, 2 grandsons Christopher of Madison, WI and Chad (fiancee Sherri) of Rhinelander, Wis., a very special niece, Judy (Jim) Marra of Ishpeming, a sister-in-law Laverne Valente of Ishpeming, along with several other nieces and nephews. Art was preceded in death by his wife Ruth on Nov. 19, 1995, his parents and a brother Ross Williams.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Bethel Lutheran Church. Funeral services for Art will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Bethel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Lauri O. Maki to officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans on America, Chapter #380 at the conclusion of the services. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Interment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bethel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in Art's memory.
Art's obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.