Arthur’s family’s escape from WWII Russia was engrained in his memory. The family reached the port of Halifax, Dec. 12, 1947, and settled in Springstein, Man., where Arthur began to hunger for God. His wrestling with his brother George’s death brought him to accept Jesus as Saviour in 1949. The family moved to Winnipeg a year later, where Arthur worked while finishing high school at night. He met Lydia in the North Kildonan choir, and loved her for the rest of his days. Arthur constructed houses while working as a government meat inspector. The family moved to Brandon, Man., in 1969, where Arthur served Richmond Park MB Church for 43 years, including as chair of the building committee. He enjoyed curling, hunting, golfing, camping, boating, and competitive games. Arthur loved his family well and invested in many young men through Boys’ Brigade.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.