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Arriton ‘Art’ Lester Verbsky

Arriton “Art” Lester Verbsky, 99, of Bellefontaine, went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2013.

Art was born in East Cleveland on Feb. 7, 1914. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arriton B. and Lulu Sulzer Verbsky, and his first wife, Cecelia Mae Wilson Verbsky. Art and Cecelia had two children who survive, Dr. Bill (Judy) Verbsky and Mrs. Linda Durieux, both of Bellefontaine.

Art married Ann Kiplinger on Aug. 18, 1956, in Albion, and she survives, along with five grandchildren, Chuck (Sharyl) Verbsky of Mentor, Mark (Dr. Babette) Verbsky of Lebanon, Dr. Matt (Ellen) Verbsky of West Liberty, Beth Anne (Charles) Broschart of Hilliard and Dr. Jenni Durieux (Dr. Siler Panowski) of Berkeley, Calif.; 12 great-grandchildren, David Verbsky, Kathryn (Marty) Turek, Jessica Verbsky, Cheyenne (Kyle) Craft, Max, Nina, Adam, Marshall and Emma Verbsky, and Thomas, William and Ann Broschart; and two great-great-grandchildren, Julia and Nathan Brusky.

Mr. Verbsky graduated from Mentor High School and Spencerian College in Cleveland, where he was a student of John D. Rockefeller. He owned his own company as a Shell Oil Jobber from 1935 to 1982 in Painesville.

He was a longtime resident of both Mentor and Ashland, and was an associative member of Mentor United Methodist Church and Christ United Methodist Church of Ashland.

He moved to Bellefontaine in 2006 and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bellefontaine.

Art was a 79-year member and Past Master of Willoughby Masonic Lodge 302, served on the volunteer Mentor Police and Fire Departments, actively served his church on committees and as a trustee, believed in supporting community causes, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was devoted to his family.

Ann would like to thank the Logan County Health nurses for their tender loving care. Art called his nurses his angels.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home, DeGraff, followed by a Masonic service. Pastor Edwin Beale officiates a funeral to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine, where calling is one hour prior. Burial is at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Mentor Municipal Cemetery, Mentor.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church of Bellefontaine.

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