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Arthur Edward "Art" Charlton
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Birth: May 21, 1932
Burke County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 2012
Williams County
North Dakota, USA

Arthur (Art) Charlton, 80, of Williston, ND, passed away peacefully Monday, December 10, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Williston with his dear wife of 54 years right by his side.

Art was born on May 21, 1932 to Arthur and Tina Charlton in Portal, ND. He was the first of two boys after having five girls. He attended school in Portal and graduated in 1950. During his school years he spent a lot of time on several farms in the area. Upon graduation from high school, he attended one year of college at the School of Forestry in Bottineau, ND.

He decided not to continue when he realized he was to be drafted into the United States Army. He was drafted in 1952 and after basic training was sent to Japan on a troop ship. He was stationed in Japan for his Army duties until he was honorably discharged in 1954. At that time, he took a job in Civil Service with the Army at Camp Zama, Japan.

On May 7, 1958, he was married to his wife, Ryoko. They returned to the United States in 1970, where he worked temporarily on a dairy farm and as a truck driver until taking another Civil Service job at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He later returned to North Dakota, where he was an over the road truck driver for Jim Bohl and Bob King. He then applied for and received a job with Matador Services in 1978, driving truck in the oil patch until retiring in 1992. Upon retirement, he and Ryoko moved to Williston, where they have resided since.

Art was a very kind man and it was not hard for him to make a friend. In the last several years of his life, he had two best friends, McCrae and McConahae Heller. The sincere friendship started the day they each were born; now McCrae being 4 and McConahae 2, Art looked forward to each and every visit and enjoyed watching them grow. It was a joy to them and to Art to take him a cup of coffee every morning, give him a firm handshake and a hug. When McCrae learned about Art's passing, he had tears fill his eyes as he smiled, because he knew Art "rode the clouds to heaven to meet God".

Art is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ryoko of Williston, his brother Ernest of Minot, ND and his sister, Cassie of California.

In accordance with his wishes, Arthur has donated his Body to Science and no services are planned.

Source: Fulkerson Funeral Home, Williston
Family links: 
  Arthur J. Charlton (1888 - 1939)
  Tina A. Charlton (1890 - 1934)
  Frances Charlton (1920 - 2005)*
  Arthur Edward Charlton (1932 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Body donated to medical science
Created by: Debbie
Record added: Dec 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102164171


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