Memories and Condolences

jean muehlfelt, elkhart, IN

Art was a nice man to talk to. DH and I used to stop and pet Maggie and Heide on our way to Kroger. They loved to bark at us and then came up to the fence to be scratched. Farewell friend. Heaven is a better place since you arrived.

Henry van Cleef, Riverton, WY

The news of Art's passing has just reached me, and saddens me. As another friend put it, he was one of the good ones. Meeting him at a Mercedes Benz gathering was a pleasure, and there were several times he offered to travel to look at old cars in Indiana for me. My condolences to family and other friends.

Michael H Coleman, N-Lancaster, Ontario, Canada, NY

Oh, such sadness. I had the opportunity to meet Art through the Mercedes owners club. I had bought a motorhome on E-Bay and it turned out to be less that as advertised I flew out Elkhart and he picked me up at the airport in his Mercedes. It was an 90 degree day and even though he had failing kidneys he stayed right with me as I dealt with the ins and outs of a questionable E-Bay purchase. It was a busy day, and we parted ways around 5PM. He had told me about his battles with kidney failure, his home dialysis and the hoops he had to jump through just to stay alive. Later that evening he called me while I was on the road in my less than stellar Tioga motorhome, to see if I was alright and if there was anything he could do for me. All this while he was plumbed into his home kidney machine. We corresponded almost weekly and late this past summer, when I had not heard from him for a few weeks I sent him a note to see how he was doing. He told me that things were failing and that 'it was getting tougher by the week' . I sent him another note just before Christmas and never heard back. Now I see why. As mentioned in his obituary he was very active in his faith, may God welcome him home. He deserves it.