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Jordan, Art

d. February 1, 2012

Arthur H. Jordan, age 85, of Chatham, formerly of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at his daughter’s residence.

He is survived by two daughters, Vicky (husband James) Keith of Effingham and Karen (husband Gregory) Horath of Chatham; four grandchildren, Ian, Hunter, Michael and Wyatt; four sisters, Helen Krivanek, Renata Quillen, Martha Kral, Ruth Pellerino all of Wisconsin; and extended family, Rebecca Hardman of West Virginia, Michael Bryant of Athens, Wilma Bryant of Champaign, Karen Fox of Athens, John Bryant of Athens, and Bruce Bryant of Chatham.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Herman and Albert; and a nephew, Charles Bryant.

Arthur was born October 23, 1926 in Milwaukee, WI to Herbert and Renata Jordan.

He married Rebecca Hildebrand on May 1, 1948 in Bremerhaven, Germany, where they both were serving in the military. Arthur was preceded in death by his wife Rebecca on June 20, 2006.

He retired from Fiat-Allis after 32 years. Arthur was a Master Gardener, and enjoyed traveling, reading, playing piano, singing in choir, and his family.

Arthur was a member and past Post Commander for the Athens VFW, a member of the DAV, a Athens school board member, and an editor for the Reporter for Missouri Synod, and was a church a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on September of 1945 and served until July of 1948. He attained rank of Sargent during World War II. Arthur attended a Honor Flight on June of 2011.

Arthur attended Concordia Seminary in Springfield.

Services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman, with visitation being held from 9:00 until time of service at 11:00 AM on Monday.

Rev. James Stuenkel and Vicar Doug Peters will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield with military rites being accorded.

Memorials can be made to Memorial Hospital Hospice or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.


  1. Roy and I had the pleasure of meeting Art during the German trip sponsored by the Central Illinois Missouri Synod and led by Pastor Bueltmann in 2009. We enjoyed many conversations with Art while we were traveling, and especially the fond memories he had of Germany. We will miss seeing him at Camp Cilco events, and his great smile.

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