CHRISTMAS, Mich. - Arthur H. Krellwitz, age 81, of Reindeer Run, Christmas. died unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at his cabin on Grand Island where he loved spending the last 38 hunting seasons with his good friend, Bill Fox.
He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Hancock, to the late Clarence and Minnie (Weber) Krellwitz. Art graduated from Houghton High School and then joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Art graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.
On Oct. 23, 1952, Art married Dolores G. Hocking, who preceded him in death in 1999.
They lived in Houghton until 1958 when they moved to Warren, Mich., where he worked for Vickers and Hydraulic Power Systems as a Civil Engineer.
Beginning in 1963, the family spent many vacations in Munising visiting Dolores' father. In 1969, they built a summer home on Grand Island where they could enjoy the beach in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. In 1994, Dolores and Art returned permanently to the Upper Peninsula when they moved to Christmas.
They were very active members in the Alger County Sno-Riders Club and the Munising Bay Boat Club. Art loved hunting and fishing.
Art was instrumental in saving the East Channel Lighthouse, first by instally a seawall and then by restoring the actual structure. He put thousands of hours into the project as well as maintenance of the building. It is now in good shape to stand as a lasting memorial to all his expertise and dedicated efforts on its behalf.
He was Vice Commander of the American Legion and he volunteered many hours there. He was an active volunteer at the Heritage Center. Art helped construct the blacksmith shop building, exhibits and took care of building maintenance and the lawn and trees for many years. Art cleared snowmobile trails on Forest Service Land and also made yearly improvements to the roads on Grand Island's Thumb area.
He was most generous and gave freely of his time to help his neighbors, friends and his community. His morning trip to the the post office often lasted for hours as he enjoyed visiting around town and a shared laugh or a ribbing from his friends.
Art is survived by his daughters, Christine (Kevin) Lopez of Cedar, Mich., and Catherine Krellwitz of Warren, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Beverly Krellwitz of Cedar; grandchildren, Cody and Jennifer Krellwitz and Justin, Danielle and Dylan Lopez; brother, Ralph Krellwitz of Ore., sister, Dorothy Ann (Frank) Goodyear of Conn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores; son, Steven Krellwitz; sister, Virginia; parents-in-law, Benjamin and Martha Hocking.
Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 until 8 p. m. and on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 until 11:30 a.m. in the Bowerman Funeral Home. Pastor Elizabeth Zant will conduct Mr. Krellwitz's funeral on Sat. at 12 noon in the Eden Lutheran Church in Munising where the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military honors.
Art's full obituary may be viewed at bowermanfuneralhome.net.