LONGVIEW — Arthur M. Clendenin Jr., 79, triumphantly entered Heaven's Gates Tuesday evening, September 17, 2013, while family gathered at his bedside singing hymns. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday September 21, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Longview.
Arthur was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Arthur M. Clendenin Sr. and Dorothy Shivers Clendenin. He attended Michigan State University
, where he earned a degree in business, followed by a career in the U.S. Army
and Army Reserves. He married Judy Rogers on September 20, 1958, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and they moved to Royal Oak, Michigan.
Arthur began his professional career with Price Waterhouse as a staff accountant and quickly obtained his CPA Certification. After stints in New York City and Detroit, Michigan, he finally settled in the Toledo, Ohio, area where he remained for the next 46 years. As an entrepreneur, he formed his own accounting firm in 1972, and as it grew, he formed and mentored several lasting business partnerships that are carrying on the high standards of business that helped propel him to success.
A member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Ohio, Arthur was an ordained elder, Stephen Minister, Chairman of the Finance Committee and treasurer. He was active in the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce and served as Ethics Chairman for the Ohio Society of CPAs. He was a member of the Toledo Jaycees. Moving to Gladewater, Texas in 2005, he joined the Friends of the Lee Public Library, where he held offices of treasurer and president. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Longview.
At a very young age he developed a passion for photography and carried that focus into the digital age. Much of Arthur's spare time was consumed by his love for reading and Michigan State football and basketball. He and Judy loved to travel, especially enjoying cruises. They created many lasting memories with the family through the years.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Judy; son, Arthur M. (Mary Lou) Clendenin III; daughters, Christine Clendenin, Nancy (Christian) Dederer and Ruth Clendenin; sister, Sally (Paul) Martin; granddaughters, Diana Clendenin, Lou Ellen (Luke) Hebert and Amy (Clint) Carroll; grandson, Andrew Dederer; and great-granddaughters, Katelyn Clendenin and Annaleigh Hebert.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to First Presbyterian Church, Longview, Texas, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Longview, Texas, Lee Public Library, Gladewater, Texas, Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, Ohio or to the