Arthur Gehlhausen, 92, St. George, Utah

Arthur Gehlhausen passed peacefully in St. George, Utah, on August 9 at 22:00 hours. He joins loved ones, and fellow airmen who preceded him.

Art was the eldest of seven siblings. He was born in Litchfield, Ohio, on May 23, 1927, to Victor and Lorena (Zehr) Gehlhausen. Shortly afterwards the family moved back to Dubois where Art spent his childhood.

Art joined the Air Force during World War II and was part of the Berlin Airlift (which set the precedent for subsequent worldwide humanitarian emergency operations). He was a veteran of three foreign wars, receiving numerous medals and accommodations. Art was a lifelong member of the V.F.W. and the last of a group of close friends who entered WW II together.

After retiring from the Air Force, Art worked as a Deputy Sheriff in San Joaquin County and later for the Department of Motor Vehicles both in California. He was a Shriner and worked tirelessly for the Shriners Hospitals for Children all over the country.

Art was married twice. He met and married his first wife, Elora ‘Kitty’ Clark in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1950. He married his second wife, Marlene (Dook, Sasich) in 1986 after they were introduced by a friend. He adored Kitty and Marlene with all of his heart.

He is preceded in death by his parents; both his wives, Kitty and Marlene; his brother, Kenneth Gehlhausen (who died in infancy); and his four sisters, Virginia Heim, Vera Brown, Wilda Barnett and Janice Gerber.

Art is survived by his brother, Edgar ‘Boots’ Gehlhausen of Dubois, and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Art was a great son, brother, uncle, husband and friend. He was a thoughtful man and loving mentor. He touched all our hearts with his humble dignity and grace. We will remember his smile and comical sense of humor; enthusiasm for adventure; and honest, unpretentious character.

Services will be held at a later date at St. Raphael’s Cemetery in Dubois.

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