NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – Memorial services celebrating the life of Arthur Figinsky will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 22 at the American Legion Post 737 in Lake Milton, officiated by Pastor Jack Acri, where military honors will be given.
Art, age 97, went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2016 at University Hospital in Cleveland, due to complications following surgery.
Art was born June 26, 1919 in Youngstown the son of Adam and Anna Herman Figinsky.
He was the middle child with three sisters and an older brother, all deceased.
Art served with the Infantry Army Company, 80th Division during World War II, and was honorably discharged. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He was a life-time member of the American Legion, Post 737 in Lake Milton.
Before entering the service, he married the former Margaret “Marge” Armes on March 31, 1940 at the First Federated Church in North Jackson where he remained a member for 73 years. They spent 48 years together until her passing in 1988.
For 40 years, he and Marge owned and operated the “Blue Ridge Tavern” in North Jackson. Art had a saying to his customers, “You are a stranger here but once!”
After the war, Art owned his own gas station on South Avenue in Youngstown. He drove truck for over 40 years for different companies and then himself, teaching his sons “the way of the road” and helping them to become independent truck drivers themselves. Up until just a few years ago, he delivered trailers for Tralex Trailer in Canfield.
He loved the countryside and making new friends along the way. He enjoyed camping, traveling, loved the outdoors and country music. He taught himself to play the harmonica and whistled and yodeled like a real professional. He always enjoyed a good joke and was known as a free spirit. He spent holidays serving dinners at the Rescue Mission. Art always had a smile on his face and found the “good” in people.
He will be lovingly missed by his companion Donna Hunt; sons, Artie Figinsky of Lordstown, Del and Deborah Figinsky of South Carolina and Dean and Sandi Figinsky of Lake Milton; daughters, Gay Figinsky of Newton Falls and Dee and Bob Barton of Idaho; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and another due in December; all of whom will cherish his memories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and his wife, Margaret, a daughter Peggy Keckler and a grandson Billy Figinsky.
A Memorial Service will be held at the American Legion, Post 737 in Lake Milton on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials may be made in Art’s honor to the Veteran’s Association or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements handled by Lane Family Funeral Homes.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, October 18 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.