Susan & Family, and the ARCCO/Commando Staff,
My sincere condolences to Susan, your family, as well as the staff of Commando/ARCCO. I had the good fortune to meet Art in 1987 when I was assigned as the Adjutant of the US Army Ranger Department in Harmony Church. One of the first things my predecessor did was to introduce me to Art. After a tour of the entire building (including his secret upstairs storage area,) you could just see how proud he was of his store and staff. Needless to say, we hit it off and became instant friends. After leaving active duty later in 1987, I made it point to stop by and see Art and the folks there at ARCCO every chance I could. I remember my first trip back to see him in ~1992. Art remembered me instantly, and gave me some free goodies there from his store (yes, I still have the “Absolut Ranger…absolute Hoo-ahh!” t-shirt that he gave me…no, it does not fit, but I still have it!) After another store tour and some catching up, I casually mentioned I was heading over to Country's for dinner, and parted ways. About a half an hour later, Art shows up there and sits down with me, continuing the conversation from earlier. We have dinner, and he picks up the check! That was the kind of gentleman Art was.
Susan, I know that you and the family will miss him dearly, but Art's second family…his military family, will also miss him so very much. Many a soldier was ‘squared away' there at his stores, me included.
Art's entrepreneurial spirit, his support to the Army, his local community service in Columbus, and his sincere camaraderie with his customers and friends will always be his hallmarks. He has set the bar high for others to follow. Art will be missed.