VeteranArthur Herink

Arthur John Herink, 82, of Vermont died at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born July 17, 1921, in Canton, a son of Frank and Ana Spenny Herink. He married Wilma Jean McWhorter on July 3, 1948, in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert of Mooreseville, Ind.; two daughters, Judy (and Randy) Wilson of Vermont and Nancy Shanks of Rushville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; two stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Homer "Bill" Ralph (and Margaret) Herink of Canton and Frand Toddy (and Jeanette) Herink of Peoria.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, James and Francis; and one granddaughter, Bambi Shanks.

He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving as a chief petty officer for four years. He was a 33-year member of Vermont American Legion Post 26, and was a member and past commander of Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1984.

He completed an apprenticeship training course as a wood pattern maker on March 4, 1949, at International Harvester in Canton. He later worked at Ken Ray Foundries in Vermont for 17 years and then was a pattern maker at Caterpillar Inc. for 15 years, retiring in 1984.

He also owned and operated Herink's Yarn and Upholstery in Vermont for more than 40 years.

He was a 49-year member and past member of Vermont Masonic Lodge 116, AF&AM; and was a member of Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; and Ansar Temple, AAONMS, of Springfield.

He was active with the Vermont Memorial Ball Park Board and Vermont Kiwanis Club.

He also was a scout leader with Vermont Boy Scout Troop 101.

He attended Vermont United Methodist Church, where services were held Monday with Rev. Cindy Rettig officiating. Masonic services were conducted by Vermont Masonic Lodge 116. Burial was in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, where military rites were conducted by his VFW post.

Memorials may be made to Vermont Masonic Lodge Building Fund, Vermont Rescue Squad or Vermont United Methodist Church elevator fund.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/24/2003

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