Arthur Rueben (Art) Jothen

Born in Govan, Sask. on July 29, 1918, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully on June 30, 2003 just short of his 85th birthday. Art was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Margaret (“Queenie”), whom he dearly missed and will now be with forever. He will be sadly missed by his sons Michael and Kerry; daughter Gina (Hughes); daughters-in-law Kathleen and Janet and son-in-law Skip; grandchildren Lisa (Frey), Dawn (Presswood), Cory (Harrison) and their spouses, and Christine and Steve, and five great grandchildren. Art was predeceased by his sisters Alice (Gairns), Martha (Johnson) and Gladys (Knutson); and is survived by his sister Ruth (Drew) of Toronto. Art will also be dearly missed by many other family and friends in 100 Mile House, in the Lower Mainland and elsewhere. A special thank you is reserved for Dad’s dearest friends, Harry and Jean King, Dorothy Myers, Rose Martin, and Irene and Evy Barkley all of 100 Mile House; and Barb Tole of the Lower Mainland. Art served overseas in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. After the war, he moved to BC and started working in the forest industry. After he married Queenie, Art worked at Pacific Veneer Plywood, Canadian Forest Products in New Westminster for over 30 years. In the mid-1970s, Art and Queenie moved to the 100 Mile House area and co-owned Hathaway Lake Resort. Art loved the outdoors of the Cariboo and spent 20 years in his element before he and Queenie moved into town. Art was highly respected for his hard work and willingness to help family, neighbours and friends. In addition to his “day job”, Art built several houses, cabins and recreational campers, renovated several people’s residences, and fixed many friends’ and families’ automobiles. Art’s passions were companionship with Queenie “working with his hands,” the wilderness, Louis L’Amour novels, and old Western movies. Art’s children give sincere thanks and recognition to the nurses and staff of Fischer Place, an extended care facility in 100 Mile House, where Art spent much of his time over the last several months. Your heartfelt care and support for Art is deeply appreciated. Your kindness was very important to us and our father, particularly in his last few days. We also thank staff and residents at the Carefree Manor, a retirement home in 100 Mile House, who were very caring and helpful to Art. Thanks also to Dad’s physician, Dr. Blair Main of 100 Mile House, for his care with dignity. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Those who knew Art, know he would agree with Hippocrates: “Walking is man’s best medicine”.

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