Obit: Vollrath, Arthur William (1919 - 2003)
Contact: Allan Wessel
Surnames: Vollrath, Decker, Reineking
----Source: Supplied by Mrs. Lorraine Allchin, California.
Arthur William Vollrath Obituary
Arthur was the second child born of John and Mada Vollrath on May 1, 1919 in the farming community of Greenwood, Wisconsin. At 21 years of age Art left the farm for Lincoln, Nebraska to attend Aviation Mettalsmith School to begin a career in building airplanes. From there he relocated to Buffalo, New York to work for Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
In 1943 Arthur enlisted in the United States Navy, serving 2 1/2 years in the Amphibious and Logistic Units. He took part in the Normandy Invasion on Utah Beach. Arthur proudly wore the ribbons from the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, the American Theatre, European-African Theatre where he earned one star, and the Victory Medal of World War II.
In 1948, Arthur married Irene Hoegh, of Atlantic, Iowa and they made their home in Los Angeles, California.
After serving his country, Arthur decided to change careers and become a carpenter. He received his Certificate of Journeyman on Janury 1, 1950. He accomplished his dream of building his home in Santa Ana, where he remained until his going home to be with the Lord.
In September, 2001 he was awarded his 55 year pin for remaining in the carpentry field.
Arthur is survived by his two children; Dianne Jeffries and Ronald Vollrath, four sisters; Lorraine Allchin, Verona Marshall, Alice Denman, Beernice Sphor and one grandchild: Jimmy.
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