2014-05-08 / Obituaries

Arthur F. Domke


Arthur F. Domke Arthur F. Domke OCEQUEOC TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Arthur F. Domke, 91, lifelong resident of Ocqueoc Township, died at home, unexpectedly, on Monday April 28, 2014.

Arthur was born on Jan. 9, 1923, in the same home he died in; Arthur was the son of Friedrich and Alma (Kortman) Domke. He was raised in Ocqueoc and went through the eighth grade at the Glawe School. In 1944, he enlisted in the Army and served our country in Europe during World War II. By the time the war came to an end, Art had walked from Naples, Italy through to Austria. He returned home and on June 9, 1949, he married Betty V. Aubrey at the Trinity Lutheran Church and they made their home in Ocqueoc. They were married for 59 years at the time of Betty’s death in 2008.

A hardworking man, Arthur worked for himself as a farmer and was employed by Spens’ Construction for 35 years, where he worked as a residential carpenter. Art loved the outdoors. He was an avid gardener and loved to hunt and fish. Most would consider cutting cedar and firewood as work, but not Art. Nothing was more satisfying than a day of labor out in the woods. Art was always ready for a good game of cards and enjoyed word search puzzles.

Art loved people. He loved meeting people and cultivated some truly beautiful friendships. He especially enjoyed the company of his good friend, Jim Dymond. They had a visit every Tuesday and spent their time beaver trapping, selling pelts, and solving the world’s problems. Art loved his daily phone calls from his family and the frequent phone conversations with his special friends, Alvin Zampich, Chuck McMillan and his nephew, Lester Bruder.

Art loved his family dearly, especially his grandchildren. He was a wonderful teacher and role model. He instilled in his children and grandchildren his strong work ethic, his love of nature and the outdoors, and his devotion and love for family.

Surviving Art is his daughter, Arliss (Arvid) Larson of Manistique, Mich.; son, Michael (Vicki) Domke of Millersburg, Mich.; granddaughters, Erika (John) George and children, Kailyn and Brody, Jennifer (Mark) Jacobs, Jill Larson, Julie (Rick) Mushing, and Janel (Fred) Rinehart; grandsons, Jonathan Larson, Jeff (Maura) Larson, Jerene Larson, Jerome (Becky) Larson, and Jhae (Julie) Larson; as well as 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Art also leaves two brothers, Ray (Jean) of Shelby Township, Mich. and Rueben (Elly) of Mountain Home, Idaho; close friend, Evelyn Wolgast of Ocqueoc; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Art was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (2008); sisters, Tracy Wilson, Minnie Pawlicki, Frieda Ireland, Bertha Bruder, Laura Foster, Lena Spiegle and Alma Yacubik.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 30, from 4-8 p.m., at Chagnon Funeral Home in Onaway, Mich. funeral service were held at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 1, at noon with Pastor Denise Scheer officiating. Onaway VFW Post 5857 gave military honors at the graveside. Art’s final resting place is in Ocqueoc Township at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Donations to honor the memory of Art Domke should be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Millersburg, MI 49759.

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