Arthur Henry Ehrat
Virden, IL– Arthur Henry Ehrat, 90, of Virden, IL passed away at 12:25 P.M. Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Arthur was born December 20, 1924 in Shobonier, IL a son to William and Sophia (Schmid) Ehrat. He later married Mary Mardell Worth on June 27, 1954 in Virden, IL.
Arthur was the manager of Farmer’s Elevator for many years and relished conversing with all the farmers and employees. He was an inventor and extremely proud of his patent on the Break-A-Way basketball rim of which the prototype is in the Smithsonian Institution and there is a display of the rim in the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2011, Arthur was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. After retirement, he was extremely active as a volunteer for 17 years for Memorial Medical Center as a Red Coat and for 5 years at the Abraham Lincoln Museum. He took joy in fishing and golfing which included a proud moment of a hole-in-one in 2013 at Oak Leaf Country Club. Art was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard and served many roles in leadership within the church. He served in the U.S Army in World War II stationed in the Philippines with a job as a medic in a maternity ward.
Surviving Arthur is his wife, Mary Mardell Ehrat; daughters, Rose Anne (David) Edwards of Nicholasville, KY, Jo Ellen (Jay) Carroll of Geneva, IL, Sharon Ehrat (August) Mrozowski of Chatham, IL, Jane Marie (Charles) Rushford of Hannibal, MO; brother Walter (Shirley) Ehrat; sisters, Dorothea Albright, Grace Albrecht and Berniece McCoy; sister-in-law Shirley Worth of Virden, IL, 9 grandchildren, Jacob and Josh Edwards; Haley, James and Dylan Carroll; Alena and Deana Mrozowski; Jessie and Clayton Rushford; 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his parents, daughter Linda Ehrat, sister Ruth Pontious Ruprecht and brother-in-laws; Danny Worth, Victor Albright, Hilmer Albrecht, Bob McCoy and Aubrey Pontious. Pall Bearers: Jacob and Joshua Edwards, James and Dylan Carroll, Clayton Rushford, Todd Hasara.
Visitation will be from 2:00- 7:00 P.M. Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, IL. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Girard, IL with the Pastor Keith GeRue and Pastor Robert Gray officiating. Organist will be Cyndy Wilson. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Girard, IL or to Prairieland Community Ambulance Service, Virden, IL would be appreciated. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery, Virden, IL. To leave a comment for the family please visit: