Ronald “Johnny” Arthur, 85, of Wellston, passed away on Friday, Aug. 13 at his home. He was born on December 9, 1935, in Jackson County, Ohio, son of the late Donald Arthur and Fern (Dickerson) Arthur. Johnny worked as a machinist for many years. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed racing stock cars, watching NASCAR and Ohio State Football, and collecting old coins and Matchbox classic cars. Most of all, however, Johnny enjoyed spending time with his family and telling old stories. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his loving family: wife, Donna Church Arthur; children: Peggy Arthur, Rick (Amy) Arthur, Vicki (Pete) Arthur-Rupert, Belinda (Bill) Pratt, and Jona (Bailey) Arthur-Cozad; grandchildren: Beth Troost, Jimmy Collins, John Hayes, Nalin Arthur, Roderick Arthur, Jerrod Arthur, Joel Collins, Daniell Gallagher, Geno Deatherage, and Tiara Deatherage; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Joy Collins; as well as nieces and nephews and his fur baby, Tinkerbell Tiny “Tucker.”
In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by his “adoptive” father, Estel Jacobs; a grandson, Holly David Arthur; and sister, Carolyn Jean Arthur.
A funeral service celebrating Johnny’s life will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., in the chapel of R.M. Williams Funeral Service, Wellston, with Pastor Michael Jadrnicek officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery, Wellston. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, also on Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please visit www.rmwilliamsfuneralservice.com to leave a message of comfort, encouragement, or condolence to the family or to view Johnny’s online video tribute.