Arthur Felix Nordin, 88
 

Arthur Felix Nordin, age 88, of Tomahawk, passed away peacefully at his residence under the care of Ministry Home Hospice onFeb. 25, 2014. He was born in the U.P. of Michigan in Channing on May 1, 1925, and later raised in Daggett, Mich. He was the ninth of 18 children of Axel Nordin and Signe Maria (Peterson) Nordin.

In his younger years, Art enjoyed many outdoor activities including bird hunting, deer hunting and fly-fishing. Art left his formal education early on (seventh grade) and joined his brother, Clarence, working beside their father Axel to support their large family by working as jobbers in the woods during the Great Depression.

During World War II from 1943 to 1946, Art served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps, 6th Division, and was trained as a sharpshooter. His time in the South Pacific was spent as a radioman to his captain. He served on campaigns from New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Emirau, Guam and Okinawa. At the end of the war he was stationed in occupied Japan. It is notable that during the war years, Art served with four of his brothers in various branches of the Armed Forces.

After returning from World War II in the late 1940s, he began various job ventures including work as a floor tiler at Loma Linda Hospital in Chicago and traveling to South Dakota to work as a lineman installing the new high-voltage power lines to the area.

While working in Kiel in the early 1950s, Art met his future wife, Faye Clara Schwartz. They were married in Kiel on Dec. 6, 1952.

Art and Faye moved to West Bend in 1954 for his new job at Wisconsin Electric as a lineman and to start their family. Through his years with the electric company he moved up to the position of troubleshooter, a position he particularly liked due to its sense of independence and his interest in detecting the source of stray voltage. He retired from Wisconsin Electric in 1986.

Throughout the years, Art and Faye had four children: Sandra Lee (1954), Peter Jon (1955), Paul Jan (1957) and Nancy Ann (1961). Art and Faye suffered the loss of their two boys early on. Peter passed away in 1978 after a threeyear bout with AML leukemia; he was just 22 years old when he died. Paul suffered from a benign meningioma (brain tumor) that was discovered in 1989. Even though the tumor was removed, it left him with daily grand mal seizures to which he succumbed 11 years later; he died in 2000 at the age of 43 years.

Before moving to Tomahawk four years ago, Art resided in Daggett, Mich., since 2005, a move that took Faye and him back to the U.P. of Michigan to his roots after living in the West Bend and Kewaskum areas of southern Wisconsin for 51 years; 41 of those years in the same house. Art was preceded in death by his wife, Faye. She passed away Feb. 22, 2009. They had been married 56 years. Art enjoyed moving to Tomahawk in 2010, first renting then owning his own home, spending time with his daughter Nancy every day, reading the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and dining at the Tomahawk Family Restaurant.

Reading was a passion throughout Artís life. His literary interests included history, most nonfiction and a good western novel. As an avid reader, he loved going to book sales at the various local libraries and had a substantial home library of his favorite books.

As he grew older, the number of books he read increased exponentially. Toward the end of his life, he read day and night. Keeping him supplied with reading materials became a real endeavor! What he lacked in formal education, Art made up for in his love of reading; he truly was a self-taught man.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Lee (David) Huehner, of West Bend, and Nancy Nordin Bushar of Tomahawk. One grandson, Jonathan Withrow Huehner, of West Bend. A special sister-in-law, Waltraud (Margret) Schwartz, of Germany. Art was also an honorary grandfather to his former daughter-in-law and son-in lawís children (Melva and Martin Stockwell) of Salem, who includes Andrew Stockwell of Seattle, Patrick Stockwell of Chicago, and Katherine Stockwell of Madison.

Further survivors include his brothers: David Nordin of Tucson, Ariz., Douglas Nordin of Menominee, Mich., Robert (Shirley) Nordin of Daggett, Mich., and Ronald (Julee) Nordin of Wallace, Mich. Surviving sisters include Elsie Goss of California, Manette (Donald) Raboin of Stephenson, Judy Nordin of Merritt Island, Fla., Gloria Hannon of Sterling Heights, Mich. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

Those preceding Art in death include: his parents, his wife Faye, his sons Peter and Paul, his siblings Ernest, Margaret, Selma, Mildred, Nicanor, Clarence, Ethel, Glen, and Beatrice and nephews Brian, Clifford and Nicanor Jr. and niece Jean.

A memorial service for Art Nordin will be held at a later date in the U.P. of Michigan.

As Art suffered from a rare type of neuropathy from his toes to his knees making ambulation difficult, the family requests that memorials be sent in Arthurís name to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, P.O. Box 105, Glenolden, PA 19036.

Generations Funeral Home is assisting the family. View obituary and leave online condolences at www.generationsfuneral.com

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Cortte, the Tomahawk Ambulance crew, the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital, Riverview Rehab and Ministry Home Hospice for their kindness, caring and professionalism in making Artís last days as comfortable and memorable as possible.