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Arthur Nelson Wilcox Sr. passed away at home on Tuesday July 20, 2010. He was 87 years old. The son of Nelson Harvey and Stella Knibbs Wilcox was born in Johnson, NY on September 23, 1922.
Arthur served as a Tech 5 in the US Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in December of 1945.
He married Shirley Elizabeth Eherts on February 9, 1946 at North Congregational Church in Middletown.
Arthur and Shirley lived in Middletown and raised their five wonderful sons. Art worked as an electronic technician for Lloyd’s Supermarket and WT Grants. He opened his own business, Art’s T.V. and later Central T.V. in Middletown. He also worked for Orange County as an electronic technician and retired in 1986. When he retired, Arthur and Shirley sold their home and became snowbirds; spending the winter in Hernando Florida and their summers at Mohican Lake in Glen Spey, NY. In 2005, they moved to Wallkill, NY.
Art was a member of American Legion Post 151 and a lifetime member of VFW Post 692. He had a brick on the walkway for veterans in Westtown, where he spent his childhood and one on the walkway of the WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA, where his granddaughter, Dr. Amy Voigh , husband Dr. Chris Voigh and soon to be great-grandchild reside. His name was also on the WWII monument in the Town of Wallkill Park, where he raised his sons with his wife Shirley. He was a sixty one year member,
Past Captain, Past President, and trustee of the Ontario Hose Co No. 5; and a member, past President Representative and trustee of the Veteran Firemen. He was a lifetime member, Past President and treasurer of the Lumberland Senior Citizens Club. With the help of his wife, he brought the club back to life. Other memberships included RSVP of Sullivan County, the Slate Hill Pacers and the Town of Wallkill Seniors.
Arthur’s family was his first love, and his second love was the Ontario Hose Co. 5.
Arthur is survived by his wife Shirley at home; his five wonderful sons; Arthur Nelson Wilcox Jr. of Wolf Lake, William Kenneth and his wife Jody of Middletown, Randy John and his wife Pauline of Bloomingburg, Nelson Harvey and his wife Wendy of Middletown, and Peter James and his wife Victoria of Pine Bush; ten granddaughters, Jackie of Glen Spey, Dr. Amy Voigh and her husband Dr. Christopher of New Orleans, Allison Chastain and her husband Eric of Pine Bush, Jenny of Penn State College, PA, Jessie, Erin and Megan of Middletown, Nicole, Kayla and Lindsay of Pine Bush and two grandsons Ryan Arthur Wilcox of California, and Tanner James of Middletown; two great grandchildren William and Abbie Casmay of Glen Spey; many nieces and nephews and cousins; brother in laws Roy Eherts Jr. of Middletown and George Eherts of Lake Harmony, PA, and sister in law Dolores Holland of Foxborough, MA.
He was predeceased by his parents, sisters Myrtle Beach and Alice Vandruff Krier, and nephew Leland Beach.
The family would like to extend their thanks to all of the Doctors and nurses who cared for Arthur during his illness.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to either The Building Fund at Grace United Methodist Church, 684 Ridgebury Rd. Slate Hill, NY 10973 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Visitation hours will be held on Friday, July 23, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm 23, at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc 130 Highland Ave. Middletown, NY 10940. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held at 11am on Saturday July 24, at Grace United Methodist Church of Ridgebury, 12 Ridgebury Hill Road. Slate Hill, NY 10973, Pastor Kevin Mulqueen will officiate. Burial will follow in the family plot in Ridgebury Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home.
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