Benjamin B. Arthur Jr., 83, of 200 E. Center St., Nesquehoning, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten Campus, Lehighton. He was the husband of Mary (Morris) Arthur. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 28.|
He was employed in maintenance by the former Bundy Tubing Company, Hometown, for 33 years, and then worked in the same capacity for seven years at the Carbon County Prison until retiring.
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Bertha (Hiles) Arthur.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Pocono.
He was a member of the Nesquehoning V.F.W. Post, the Big Eagle Hunting Club and the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.
Benjamin played the trumpet in the Legion Band and played taps for over 100 veterans' funerals.
A lifelong resident of Nesquehoning, he was a member of Meeds United Methodist Church, Nesquehoning.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Benjamin R., and his wife, Wendy (Yaich), of Jim Thorpe, and Glenn H., and his companion, Lori Melicharek, of Lansford; three daughters, Regina, wife of Edward D. Yaich of Jim Thorpe, Cynthia L., and her companion, Richard Held, of Saylorsburg, and Mary Jean Snyder, and her companion, Charles Hooven, of Holmdel, N.J.; five grandsons, three granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Tom and Larry.
Service: Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, with the Rev. Michael Netznik officiating. Military graveside service, Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown, under direction of Panther Valley High School JROTC and Nesquehoning U.V.O. Call 6-8 p.m. Friday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Nesquehoning UVO military memorial service 7:30 p.m. Friday. Contributions in his name may be made to the church c/o 126 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, Pa. 18240.