Donald E. "Erch" Arters

DONALD E. "ERCH" ARTERS, 78, FORMERLY OF POTTSTOWN Donald E. "Erch" Arters, 78, of Long Neck, DE, formerly of Pottstown, died on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Hospice Center of DE, Milford, DE, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Trudy E. (Miller) Arters with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Pottstown, he was a son of the late Joseph and Grace (Martin) Arters. Mr. Arters attended the Pottstown High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In earlier years, Donald worked for Cole Tobacco in Pottstown for 12 years. He then worked for the Dana Corporation, Pottstown until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Pottstown Quoit Club (Life Member); the Pottstown Elks (50 year member); St. Gabriel Lodge - Stowe, PA; The German Club (Life Member); the American Legion Post 28 - Millsboro, DE (Life Member); Cape Henlopen Elks #2540 - Lewes, DE; AMVET Post #2 - Long Neck, DE, and a Patron of Frankie & Johnny's in Pottstown for many years. Don was a pleasant, fun-loving guy. He will be missed by his family and many friends. He was an avid sports fan. For over 50 years, he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pottstown. Survivors in addition to his wife are two sons, Keith M. Arters of Long Neck, DE, and Donald W. Arters of Pottstown; one sister, Nancy Williams of Reading; two grandchildren, Madison P. Arters and Brandon W. Arters, both of Reading, and sister-in-law, Grace, wife of the late Joseph Arters, of Birdsboro. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his three brothers, Robert, Joseph and James Arters. Funeral services will be held 12 noon on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Houck & Gofus Funeral Home, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown. The Rev. Dr. Marvin Marsh will officiate. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. - Noon on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown. Online condolences may be made to the family at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 301 E. King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

Published in The Mercury on Nov. 22, 2011