K8JK - Art


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Arthur Edward Tewksbury entered the gates of Heaven on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 15, 1936 in Parma, Ohio to Aiden E. and Evelyn Tewksbury (nee: Plice). He graduated from North Royalton High School in 1954 where, after being stricken with polio in the summer of 1952, he resumed his love of track and broke the record for North Royalton High School in the low hurdle events in the spring of 1953. While involved in Boy Scouts, Art was introduced to the hobby of Amateur (Ham) Radio which became his lifelong intense interest. At the age of 15, he acquired the call sign W8IKN, and in 2004 he acquired his "Extra" license and call sign K8JK. Attending the annual Dayton "Hamvention" with fellow amateur radio enthusiasts was one of the highlights of his life.

He attended Ohio University and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1958 with a degree in Agriculture and the rank of 2nd Lt. through the ROTC program. He served as the Division Quartermaster Supply Officer with the 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Lewis Washington. He also attended the Appalachian Bible Institute (now ABC).

He was employed by Opekasit Farm Management Service, The Equitable Life Assurance Society and Mutual of New York as a Farm Loan Supervisor, he was manager of both the Kipton and Wellington Offices of the Oberlin Savings Bank while farming 175 acres in Wellington Twp. Art with his brother owned and operated A&D Shell Service in Elyria for 18 years before retiring in 1998.

In 1976 Art became a member of First Baptist Church in Elyria where he served on the founding board of the First Baptist Christian School. As a church member, in service of love and obedience to his Savior, he acted as Sunday School teacher, church treasurer and deacon not only at First Baptist Church in Elyria but also at Faith Baptist Church in Amherst where he was a member from 1983 to 2007. He is presently a member of First Baptist Church in Elyria.

Art and his wife, Iris, enjoyed traveling in their motor home, especially to the Rocky Mountain States as well as spending several winters in Florida.

Surviving are his wife of fifty-three years Iris (nee: Clawson); daughters Lora (Perry) Graves of Elyria, Elise (Tom) Patrick of Lorain, Linda (Tim) Giesel of LaGrange. Also surviving are grandchildren, Thomas (Heather) Patrick, III, of Berea, KY, Wesley Arthur Edward Patrick of Sheffield Village, Quinten (Brittany) Patrick, Meredith Patrick all of Lorain; Timothy, Tyler and Turner Arthur Giesel of LaGrange, great grandson Thomas R. Patrick, IV; brother Dale (Norma) of North Royalton and sister Carol (Dan) Foreman of Knoxville, TN.