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Arthur E. Velthoven

September 1, 1934 February 20, 2022
Arthur  E. Velthoven
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Obituary for Arthur E. Velthoven

Arthur E. Velthoven Senior, beloved husband of Lorraine and loving father to his three children and their spouses, passed away on February 20, 2022 at his lake home in Highland Township, MI surrounded by his devoted wife and loved ones. Arthur, age 87 was born to Anthony and Virginia (Senkowski) Velthoven on September 1, 1934 in Hamtramck, MI. He was predeceased by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Deloris and Mack Cook. Arthur is survived by his sister Virginia (Angelo) Iaconelli of Milford and brother Ronald (Sue) Velthoven of Livonia.

Arthur, the patriarch of the family, was a very loving, kind and gentle man, yet a very strong leader, provider and protector. He was extremely dedicated to his wife, children, family, friends, neighbors and employees. He was a devoted husband who always put his “Honey” first and doted on her his entire life. Art was deeply admired by his children. He taught them well about respect and honor, the value of discipline, responsibility, and good work ethics. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “Papa” was an endearing word that melted his heart every time it was spoken. He was a hero in the eyes of his grandchildren; they loved their times together, whether they were fishing, tubing on the lake, teaching them how to drive, and the many memorable breakfast dates. Arthur was a great brother who had a close relationship with his siblings. He was also a fun-loving uncle. He will forever be remembered by children of all ages for pulling quarters from their ears, repairing their vehicles, and helping with school or home projects. Art was an avid hunter and fisherman; he loved the outdoors.

Arthur was known for his innovation, work ethic and integrity; he was a man of his word. He was a successful inventor and businessman; he was greatly admired and respected. He began his engineering career at Federal Screw Works and retired as Vice President of Engineering. Art headed the R&D group for Votrax. He was a full partner in Artic Technologies which manufactured speech and visually impaired products. Art mentored a great number of people of all levels. He was humble, selfless and always gave credit to others.

Arthur served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953-1957. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1957. He truly loved America, boldly supported and defended his country and the Constitution. He was proud to be a Marine, a “Semper Fi”, always faithful, always loyal. It wasn’t just a motto, it was Arthur’s way of life. Art often said, “the Marines made me into the man I am today”.

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