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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