Arthur W. "Art" Linton, 83, of Brazil died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Born Aug. 18, 1920, in Attica, Ind., he was the son of Alfonso H. and Bonnie Fern Derr Linton.
He was a 1939 graduate of Van Buren High School.
On July 24, 1943, he married Doris Tiefel in Sebring, Fla. She survives.
He was a B-17 pilot during World War II and flew 16 mission over two years in Europe. He served atctive duty for three years and retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Major. He was a past secretary/treasurer for the Indiana District 11 United Mine Workers and had been employed by Girton Coal Mine. He retired due to health reasons from the federal prison in Terre Haute where he was the auto shop foreman.
He had previously been an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brazil and had served as a board member. He attended Christ Community Church before his death. Linton was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Rita Linton, Tim and Sally Linton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Steve French and Diane and Rick Haviland, all of Brazil; a brother, Victor Linton, of Rockville; 13 grandchildren, Greg and Heather Linton, Lisa and Kevin Timberman, Ryan and Valerie Linton, Chad and Ruth French, Hayley French, Hildey and Elijah Moore, Matt and Julie Linton, Jennifer and Sean Milligan, Brad and Michelle Linton, Heidi and Rob Crowley, Clay Haviland, Caleb Haviland and Seth Haviland; 19 great-grandchildren, Katie, Jessica, Shelby, Abbey and Gracie Timberman, Jaclyn, Nicole, Ethan, Ashley, Bryce and Koty Linton, Chloe French, Zachary and Ian Milligan, Raven, Marae, Willow and Shade Linton and Madysunn Crowley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Owen Linton and Arnold Linton; and a sister, Yvonne Lewellyn.
Funeral services will be at noon Thursday at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Graveside military services will be provided by Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Light and candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.