Arthur William Alderman, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Art touched are invited to the First Presbyterian Church, Penn Yan, on March 20. Calling hour is at 1 p.m. to reminisce, grieve, support each other and of course just chat. Services will immediately follow at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 211 Main St., Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527.
He was born March 28, 1923 in Tyrone to Orin and Elsie (Brace) Alderman.
Art lived and worked by the philosophies of “pull yourself up by your boot straps” and “treat others as you want to be treated.” He was a divine Christian and a long-standing member of the First Presbyterian Church in Penn Yan, where he served as an Elder and Trustee for many years. As part of the “The Greatest Generation,” he served in WWII where he received five battle stars and a Purple Heart. He instilled a strong work ethic in not only his family but many others, retiring from Penn Yan Express/Conway after 32 years.
Art will be remembered for his love of life, service to his community, and family values. He loved baseball, supporting the Yankees both on and off season; displayed fancy footwork when square dancing in New York and Texas with his sweetheart Phyllis; and loved to visit friends and family traveling both nationally and internationally. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. He taught life lessons to others through the art of playing cards and conversations over freshly made blueberry pancakes or molasses cookies while promoting his love of nature through camping. He truly lived life to the fullest through simple means surrounded by those that loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Phyllis Jean Alderman; son John Alderman (Christy) of Colorado; daughters, Sandra Elbert of Ohio, Terry Burwell (Graham) of New York, and Jerry Alderman of Texas. Additionally, he is survived by eight grandchildren, Amy Anderson of Texas, Tamme Smith (Damon) of Ohio, Michael Alderman (Jennifer) of Texas, Tracey Elbert (Rick) of Ohio, John Beverly (Kaycee) of New York, Jason Beverly (Tonya) of New York, Sara Alderman of Texas and Claudia Alderman of Colorado. 18 great-grandchildren; Neko, Christopher, Melissia, Aalea, Cody, Aaliyah, Ari-Yanah, Josh, Conner, Hunter, Alyvia, Chase, Destiny, Jaylynn, Emily, Gabriel, Cameron, Ayhnalise; and one great-great grandson, Xander.
Fond memories of Art may be shared at www.townsendwodfuneralchapel.com.