Virgil Arts(1927 - 2013)

Arts, Virgil L.

Virgil L. Arts, age 85, of Town of Rome, Adams County, WI died Friday, April 5, 2013 at Edgewater Haven Nursing Home, Port Edwards, WI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. Sahayanathan Nathan will officiate, burial will be at Spring Branch Cemetery in the Town of Rome. Visitation will take place at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI from 4:00-7:00 PM Wednesday and Thursday at the Church from 10:00-11:00 AM.

Virgil was born on June 22, 1927 in Hewitt, WI to John and Bardine (Kempen) Arts. He graduated from Auburndale High School in 1946. He worked as a millwright for Consolidated Papers Inc. retiring in February 1990. Virgil married Kathleen Kleigle in Auburndale, WI. The marriage ended in divorce. He later married Betty McGregor.

Virgil is survived by his brother, Vincent (Mary) Arts of Madison, WI, eight children, Michael (Julie) Arts of Rudolph, WI, Maureen (Bob) Baran of West Bend, WI, Karen (Jim) Massie of Fort Worth, TX, Paula (Mark) Klevene of Nekoosa, WI, Kevin Arts of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Lisa (Bart) Van Amburgh of Arlington, TX, John Arts of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Patrick (Andi) Arts of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; wife, Betty Arts of Town of Rome; two stepchildren, Brad (Jenny) McGregor of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Brenda (Dennis) DePriest of Milwaukee, WI; 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Viola, St. Mary Vincent and Valeria; and one brother, Victor.


Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Apr. 9, 2013