Arthur Jon Koerber
Arthur Jon Koerber
  • February 9, 1935 - December 24, 2016
  • Bedford, Texas

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Arthur Jon Koerber, 81, of Bedford, was peacefully "gathered to his people" in heaven on Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Bedford.

Visitation will be at 9 AM on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Foust & Son Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Foust & Son Funeral Home with Deacon Harry Heinz of St. Michael Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 1:30 PM. Arrangements are by Foust & Son Funeral Home.

Arthur or “Artie” as he was known by his family & friends, was born in Buffalo, NY to Arthur & Bertha Koerber on February 9, 1935. He graduated from Kensington High School (1953) & attended college at the University of Buffalo. After retirement he attended Tarrant County College where he made & remained on the the dean’s list until health reasons started to curtail his pursuit of a degree. He married Barbara Kraemer, one day before his 29th birthday on February 8, 1964, in Buffalo, NY. They were married for nearly 53 years until his passing on the morning of Christmas Eve. He still referred to her as his ‘bride’ until the very end. Early in their marriage they attended the very first Super Bowl at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. As a favor for a friend he began work at American Airlines when he was 18 years old. He originally planned to work there for only two weeks in order to help his buddy out. The two weeks turned into a successful 46+ year career where he received numerous awards & accommodations. His greatest accomplishment at AA was meeting his future wife who was a stewardess at the time for American. In 1981 he transferred to Dallas-Ft. Worth & brought his family to the Metroplex a year later. Arthur had helped many, many co-workers & passengers in need at both BUF & DFW. He proudly served the US Army & then the US Air Force, both during the height of the Cold War where he served until he was Honorably Discharged from both. He was a member of the American Legion post 379. His greatest loves were his family where he was a very good provider & had an excellent work ethic. We always knew we count on having a roof over our heads & food on the table. He also loved dancing, jazz music, pistol shooting & playing sports. Especially baseball, hockey & racquetball.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents Arthur Christopher Koerber & Bertha (Felix) Koerber, his brother Lavern, his sister Carol Patti (Vincent) & his aunt/godmother Ida (Felix) Pritting, all of Buffalo, NY.

Arthur is survived by his wife Barbara, son Jon, daughter Jennifer Miller (Kyle), sister Marilyn Tota (Conrad) & some of his greatest blessings; his granddaughters Olivia & Molly who have always called him “Papa”. His granddaughters helped bring him closer to Jesus Christ, the Lord & Savior.

Our family is requesting In lieu of flowers that donations may be given in his name to the charity of your choice or have a service said in his name at your place of worship.

The family of Arthur would like to extend our sincere thanks in no particular order to the following doctors & their staff who showed continuous compassion along with trying & doing their best; Dr. Randall Davis, Dr. David Eisen, Dr. Prasad Kannaeganti, Dr. Michael McGarrah along with his assistant Lori & Dr. Christopher Pace. We also wish to express our sincere gratitude to the staffs of Mid-Cities Family Care, Harris Methodist HEB Hospital, Texas Health Fitness Center & Texas Health Occupational Therapy. We would like to thank all the people who held doors open & were quick to offer us any assistance along with very kind words. Lastly we like to sincerely thank all of the people around the world who prayed & continue to pray for Arthur & his family.

Arthur’s family would also like to thank both the New York Yankees & the Montreal Canadiens organizations for giving him generations of entertainment & an abundance of championships to enjoy.

Even thou Arthur was not able to come home to his family for Christmas, he truly was able to go home for Christmas.