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John M. Arter, 63, of Pierceton, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Sept. 7, 1950, in Zanesville, Ohio, he was the son of John A. and Helen A. (Rondonsky) Arter.
He graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1968 and earned an associates degree from Ivy Tech in HVAC certification and numerous other certifications earned over his lifetime.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1975. John moved from Fort Wayne to Pierceton in 1975. He was employed at Whitley County Hospital as a boiler operator from 1975-1988, and then became superintendent of maintenance of Parkview Oaks, retiring in 2012.
He was a member of Due Guard Masonic Lodge #278, Larwill, Eagles Lodge #1906, Columbia City, AMVET, Mesick, MI, North Webster American Legion Post #253 and was a Ham Radio Operator #KB9JBV.
Survivors include his wife, Leisa R. Arter of Pierceton; son, Eric E.(Heather) Arter of Columbia City; two daughters; Melody (Shawn) R. Hall of Fort Wayne and Angela Cobb; two brothers, Jim D. (Brenda) Arter of Fort Wayne; Dave G.(Kim) Arter of Melbourne, Fla.; in-laws, Jim and Sonja Burch, Fort Wayne; two stepsons, Chad I. (Christelle) Snyder of South Whitley, Matthew J. Snyder of Pierceton; three brother-in-laws, Jeff (Rhonda) Burch of Fort Wayne, Mike D. (Eddie) Ryder of Travelers Rest, S.C. and Greg A. Ryder of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Helen A. Arter; daughter, Jamie Ann Arter and granddughter, Camydn Lynn Snyder.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and after noon on Saturday both at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
A Masonic Lodge Twilight Service conducted by Due Guard Lodge #278 will be held at the funeral Friday at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Certified Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus and Jim Burch, officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Larwill. Graveside military rites will be conducted by American Legion Posts #253 and #157. The Last Call will be presented by Ham Radio Operators.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Arterâ€™s memory to Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.