Donald Lee Arth, 73, of Grand Pass, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was an organ donor.
Prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at St. Peter Catholic Church with visitation following until 8 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at St. Peter Catholic Church with graveside services at 2:30 p.m. in St. John's Cemetery at Dover. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, House of Hope in Lexington or Lafayette Regional Hospital in Lexington.
Born May 3, 1939, in Napton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elaine Arth.
He graduated from Corder High School in 1957. On April 11, 1964, he married Donna Lieser at St. John's Catholic Church in Dover. She preceded him in death March 26, 2003.
He worked several years at Mason Chevrolet in Lexington and Ford Motor Company in Claycomo. With his brother, Bob, and uncles, Louis, John and Frank Arth, he began farming in 1962 in the Waverly River Bottoms, an area known as White's Island. Don continued to farm with his brother, Mike.
He was the oldest of seven children and was the monarch of the family. Don was strong in his faith, loyal to his family, loved his friends and his farm life. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed not only the game but the company of those he played with.
He is survived by two children, Joe Arth of Independence and Laura Arth of Malta Bend; three grandchildren, Coen and Laci Warner, and Daniel Riley, all of Malta Bend; his sisters and brothers, Carol Kuntz of Springfield, John Arth and his wife, Sharon, of Gravois Mills, Gary Arth and his wife, Heather, of Marshall, Susan Watson and her husband, Dennis, of Tina and Mike Arth and his wife, Shelly, of Grand Pass. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bob Arth. Don is also survived by nine nieces and nephews and 13 great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by the following uncle and aunts, Ray and Betty Arth of Marshall, Mary Rehmsmeyer of Dover and Janice Arth of Marshall; and numerous cousins.
Don was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall. He was a life-time member of the Knights of Columbus, member of the Waverly Lion's Club, Waverly Jaycees and served as president of both, Waverly Rural Fire Department and had served as fire chief. He served on the board of Lafayette Regional Hospital for many years, served on the Carrollton Country Club board and Saline Lafayette Levee District board.
Throughout his years in agriculture Don exhibited tremendous leadership in the corn producing community. He served as board member and chairman of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and was a board member of the Missouri Corn Growers Association. Don was part of the core group that founded Mid-Missouri Energy at Malta Bend, a project near and dear to him.
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