Arthur Henry Ehrat
1924 - 2015
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Arthur Henry Ehrat

VIRDEN, IL - Arthur Henry Ehrat, 90, passed away at 12:25 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Arthur was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Shobonier, Ill., to William and Sophie (Schmidt) Ehrat. He married Mary Worth on June 27, 1954, in Virden, Ill.

Arthur managed Farmer's Elevator for many years. He enjoyed socializing, fishing and golfing and was proud of his first hole-in-one in 2013 in Girard, Ill. But Art's greatest claim to fame was inventing the Break-A-Way basketball rim. He Red Coated at Memorial Medical Center and volunteered at the Abraham Lincoln Museum for many years Art served in the U.S. Army in WW II stationed in the Philippines. He was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Surviving Arthur are his wife, Mary; daughters: Rose Anne (David) Edwards of Nicholasville, Ky., Jo Ellen (Jay) Carroll of Geneva, Ill., Sharon Ehrat (August Mrozowski) of Chatham, Ill., and Jane Marie (Charles) Rushford of Hannibal, Mo.; brother, Walter (Shirley) Ehrat; sisters: Dorothea Albright, Grace Albrecht and Berniece McCoy; sister-in-law, Shirley Worth of Virden, Ill.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter, Linda; sister, Ruth; and brothers-in-law, Danny, Victor, Hilmer, Bob and Aubrey.

Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard, with the Rev. Keith GeRue and the Rev. Robert Gray officiating.

Interment will be in Virden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to: Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard, Ill., or Prairieland Community Ambulance Service in Virden, Ill.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from Jul. 11 to Jul. 12, 2015.
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December 22, 2016
I had the privilege of interviewing Arthur a few years ago for a story on his basketball invention for The Basketball Times.

He was kind, patient with my questions and entertaining recalling his experiences in creating an important -- and lasting -- part of basketball history. I hope his prototype found a good home, as he asked me not long after we spoke if I could help him find a home for it.

I just wanted to reach out to you, his family, and to anyone reading, because I was thinking of him today and happened to come across his obituary. May his family and friends continue to be comforted in faith and my his soul rest in peace.

Thank you, Arthur, for your time. -C.
Chris Weber
July 13, 2015
As the person who drove my family from the refugee camp in Arkansas to our home in Virden, Art became family from Day 1. So sorry we could not be there to pay our respects. He was a wonderful man and deeply loved.
Tu Castillo
July 13, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. It was such a pleasure to visit with him and hear his stories, when we were having breakfast at Dave and Roses' a few months ago. It was a blessing to meet him and your family.
July 13, 2015
Our sympathy to your family. Arthur was such a joy when he came here for treatment. Your basketball fans at OSCI.
July 11, 2015
Sorry to hear of Art's passing. It was nice Chuck & I sat in the tent with Art & Mary during Rt. 66 week-end, Art showing his basketball hoop. I carried the hoop to car for them, he said he would repay me in Heaven someday. So he's there doing for others now. Great guy, known him since we started farming long ago..........Judy & Chuck Foster
Judy & Chuck Foster
July 11, 2015
ROSE,DAVID & FAMILY. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, MEMORIES HAVE BECOME EVEN MORE SPECIAL NOW.SO GLAD HE WOKE ENOUGH TO TALK BEFORE LEAVING THIS EARTH.MAY THAT & CONTINUED PRAYERS BE A COMFORT FOR YOU. LOVE YOU
DARLA & ROGER WISEMAN
July 11, 2015
He will be missed, Special times and memories have been your journey together. Know that we care.
Austin and Mary Ellen Hulcher
Mary Ellen Hulcher
July 11, 2015
Sharon-Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Liz & Gary Boston
Gary Boston
July 11, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Art's passing. May God comfort you during this time and always.
Kathy Elmore
July 11, 2015
as a neighbor for many many years, art was a part of the kruse family. he will be missed. our deepest sympathies , girls......
george and carol kruse
July 11, 2015
Sharon and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a great man!
Jean and Donna
Donna Corriveau
July 10, 2015
Rose,Dave,Jacob and Josh, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Sam Parnell
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