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Donald C. Artz
(June 12, 1930 - December 31, 2012)

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Donald C. Artz

U.S. Veteran

Mass of Christian Burial for Donald C. Artz, 82, of Aberdeen, will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rd Avenue SE, Aberdeen.

Donald’s wishes were to be cremated with burial of his cremains to take place at a later date.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2012, at the mortuary with a Liturgical Wake Service being held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues for one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday.

Donald passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Groton, SD.

Memorials are preferred to either Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Roncalli Foundation in Aberdeen.

Donald C. Artz was born on June 12, 1930 at San Pedro, California to Ralph and Frances (Cain) Artz. He attended Sacred Heart Parochial School and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in Aberdeen. Donald furthered his education at Northern State College in Aberdeen and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in English literature from St. John’s University in Minnesota, with the intention of teaching at the college level.

Donald served his country in the United States Army, where he served as a radio and infantryman during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, Don resumed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota and received his Masters Degree. He returned to Aberdeen and the family business, Artz Camera Supply.

Donald was united in marriage to Betty M. Swanson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen on July 25, 1959. The couple made Aberdeen their home where, in addition to Don’s experience in the photography business, he also participated in managing direct-mail marketing operations, a restaurant and greeting card stores, one of which was the Crown Gallery on Aberdeen’s Main Street until his retirement.

During his retirement years, he devoted a great deal of time to his interests in history and historic preservation. Don wrote two books on Aberdeen history and was also researching others.

Surviving Donald are his wife, Betty Artz of Aberdeen; sons, Paul Artz of Boston, MA and Steve Artz of New York City, NY; brother, Robert Artz of Fargo, ND; sister-in-law, Marjorie Swanson of Aberdeen; nephews, Earl Swanson and Eric Swanson of Aberdeen; Dave (Lisa) Artz of North Dakota, David (Janis) Bailey of Oklahoma, Jim (Shelly) Bailey of Pennsylvania and Tom (Cathy) Bailey of Missouri; nieces, Kathy Longen of Arizona, Barb (Vernon) Kroshus of Minnesota, Mary (Gary) Kruger of Missouri and Margaret (Mark) Cardwell of New York; nine great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bernadine Bailey; brother-in-law, Fred Swanson and sister-in-law, Marcella Artz.

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