December 10, 1929 ~ January 20, 2012
Arthur R. Abel passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 at his home. A graveside service will be held at St. Paul Cemetery, 212 FM 2307, Marlin, TX at 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 23, followed by a memorial service inside St. Paul United Church of Christ with Pastor Ludy Manthei officiating.
Arthur was born December 10, 1929, to Rudolf Abel and Hulda Quandt Abel in Falls County, Texas. He attended St. Paul Public School. Arthur served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. After his return from the service, he worked as a carpenter until 1958, when he began working at the VA Medical Center in Marlin until his retirement in 1986.
On June 5, 1955, he married Margaret Polster in St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church, now St. Paul United Church of Christ, where he was a lifelong member and served in many positions. In addition to working at the VA Medical Center, Arthur farmed and raised cattle, continuing this activity all his life.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Elsie Niemeyer and Lorene Neumann in addition to their husbands, Johnny Niemeyer and Theo Neumann. Also, brother-in-law Charles Habel and sister-in-law Violet Polster.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret of Marlin; daughter, Karen Prentice and husband Dean of Temple; sister, Helen Habel of Marlin; brother-in-law, Leonard Polster of Riesel; brother-in-law, Wayne Polster and wife Peggy of Marlin and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Keith Drews, Roger Drews, Bobby Mulsow, Danny Luedke, Gary Skrabanek, and Ron Skrabanek.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4464, Houston, TX 77210-4464; Providence Hospice, 4830 Lakewood Dr., Suite 2, Waco, TX 76710, or St. Paul Cemetery Association, 212 FM 2307, Marlin, TX 76661