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Arthur John McIlwain

July 8, 1941 ~ February 9, 2019 (age 77)

Arthur John McIlwain, of Port Lavaca, TX., passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the age of 77.  Arthur was born to parents, Edgar and Irene McIlwain on July 18, 1941 in Kittanning, PA. 

He served in the Army National Guard in Ford City, PA.  As he would say, “for exactly nine years, nine months, and nineteen days.”

Art married Carol Geibel on February 14, 1970 and the couple had 3 children.  He worked highway construction from Wyoming to Texas before retiring from Rexco in 2016 as a heavy equipment operator.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter (especially prairie dogs in Wyoming with his grandson Steven), and a proud 32nd Degree Mason.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol; daughter, Kyann (Cory) Power of Port Lavaca; sons, Raymond (Monica) McIlwain of Tivoli, John (Alisha) McIlwain of Yelm, WA.; brother, David (Kathy) Taylor of Kittanning, PA; sisters, Patricia (Robert) Culp of Ford Cliff, PA and Carol Collins of Dallas, TX. and eleven grandchidren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Edgar McIlwain and mother, Irene Helm McIlwain; step-mother, Arline Taylor McIlwain; and brother, Timothy Taylor.

A celebration of Arthur’s life will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 between the hours of 2pm and 5pm at the VFW Hall in Port Lavaca, TX.  His ashes will be taken to Pennsylvania in June to be laid to rest near the family farm.

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