Arthur N. Minster, 93

May 12, 1921 -- March 29, 2015

Arthur N MinsterArthur “Art” N. Minster, age 93 years young, of West Bend, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was born on May 12, 1921, in Sheboygan, to Arthur and Lillian (nee Wiemann) Minster. Art was raised in Sheboygan and graduated from Sheboygan High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942. His duty performed was airplane flight line mechanic (plane captain). After his honorable discharge from the service, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he met Bernadette during her graduate studies. They married on May 29, 1948, at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois. Art retired from General Motors after 27 years and later retired from an extended career at Northrop Defense Systems in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. He worked with NASA on the initial Apollo spacecrafts, as well as Apollo 11 and 13.

Art loved to golf, bowl, play cards and was an accomplished woodworker and could fix anything. He was quite the inventor, even designing various entertaining toys for his grandchildren. Art always had a pen handy and would let his creative energy flow at any moment. He was an avid Brewers and Green Bay Packers fan. Art was a jokester, and when his children were little he would pretend to phone Vince Lombardi prior to game time. Art was very interested in technology and even owned an iPad before some of his children. Ethics, humbleness and always being a gentleman were his natural qualities. Above all, he was attentive and loving to his family. He was a son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Arthur is survived by his children, Mary (Lee) Ihlenfeldt of Fitchburg, Janet (Steve) Riehbrandt of Beaver Dam, Andrew (Kathy) Minster of Jackson, Phil (Laura) Minster of Kentwood, Michigan, and Patricia (Tom) Hutchinson of Gurnee, Illinois; grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) and Douglas (Pamela) Ihlenfeldt, Russell and Amanda Riehbrandt, Rebecca (Bill) Boerger, Andrew James, and Michael (fiancÚ Erica) Minster, and Carly and Danielle Minster; great-grandchildren, Tristan, Will, Sophia, Henrick and Piper; special friends Aileen, Joel and Jane Stenzel and a host of friends. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernadette; brother, Ray; sister, Helen (Bob) Ehrlich; and an infant daughter, Judith.

A funeral service in honor of Arthur will be held at Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, 53095) on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. David Stone of Cedar Community officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Military honors and a luncheon will immediately follow. Entombment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Cedar Community, Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of the giver’s choice are appreciated.

Art’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the residents and staff at the Ridge who truly made it a community, and also to the medical professionals who cared for him in his 93 years young.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.