Gilbert M. Arts, age 85, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. He was born to the late Matt and Dina (Bloomer) Arts on Jan. 18, 1922, on the Flying D Ranch near Salesville, which is now Gallatin Gateway.
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Gilbert grew up on several farms in the Gallatin Valley, the last one on Cameron Bridge Road.
He served three and a half years in the U.S. Army during World War II on several islands in the South Pacific. After the war he returned to Bozeman and worked for nine years with Owenhouse as a farm machinery mechanic and painter when it was a dealer for International Harvester. He then went into business as a logger, contracting for Plum Creek and Idaho Pole.
Hard work and ingenuity were his trademark. During the spring breakup when he was unable to work in the mountains, Gilbert drove fertilizer truck for Enos Oyler and spent many hours in his shop rebuilding and maintaining all his logging equipment. Later on he worked several years driving log truck for Jay Hargrove until he retired.
Gilbert married Helen Boettger Harrison on Nov. 9, 1950, in Webster Groves, Mo. Together they raised her sons, William E. Harrison and Robert W. Arts, at their home on North 17th Avenue in Bozeman that they built together in 1952 and where they still reside.
In addition to working in his beautiful yard, Gilbert enjoyed gardening, snowmobiling, camping, and working in his shop helping friends repair whatever needed fixing and he was damn good at it.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; her sons, Bill Harrison (Debi), and Bob Arts (Bonita); seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Teresa (Jerry) Brown; brother, Ben (Ruby) Arts; along with numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Dina Arts; two sisters, Catherine Shattuck, and Bernarda Finnegan; and brother, Ted Arts.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In place of flowers, please send memorials to the Pioneer Museum, 317 W. Main St., Bozeman 59715; or to the charity of your choice.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, 2007