|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1949|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 2007|
Arthur B Childers, 57, a Vietnam Veteran and Evansville native, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at Deaconess Hospital.
Art was known to many people through his years of coaching Little League, his passion for collecting antique gas station memorabilia and his love and dedication for a large extended family. He coached his son, Bryan, in bowling and baseball. He had looked forward to continuing to love his nine-month-old granddaughter, Abby.
He attended North High School, where he played football, baseball and golf. At age 18, he enlisted in the Army and served with the Army Engineers' 27th Land Clearing Team, known as "The Jungle Eaters," in Vietnam from April 1968 to April 1969. He was awarded a Purple Heart. After active duty he served in the Army Reserve unit in Henderson, Ky.
Art worked for years with Canteen vending and in the trucking industry before retiring with a disability. He drove for Roberts Express, Sysco and Lewis Bakeries.
In recent years he turned to writing poetry, composing verse about experiences in Vietnam and his 37-year marriage to his wife, Sonja.
He regularly attended reunions of his Vietnam unit. He also enjoyed morning coffee with friends at First Avenue restaurants. He was a caregiver for his father, Robert Childers, who will be 84 years old on Sunday.
Art was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Virginia Childers, who called him "The Boy," and a sister-in-law, Patsy Andrews of Hendersonville, Tenn.
He is survived by his wife, Sonja Holeman Childers; son, Bryan; granddaughter, Abby; and father, all of Evansville.
Also surviving are sisters, Roberta Heiman and Bobbye Shell; niece, Kathy Heiman; nephews, Doug (Amy) Heiman; Bryan and Christopher (Amanda) Shell, all of Evansville; and nephew, Scott Heiman, of Shalimar, Fla.
Other survivors are many cousins, including Sherry Pruden of Westfield, Ind., whom he considered another sister. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Marian Lee Gregory (Clovis) of Pleasant View, Tenn., Betty Day, of Sturgis, Ky., Loyce Myers, of Evansville, and Peggy Seib (Clarence) of Edgewater, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Paul McAuliffe of Evansville; and many other nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews, Dylan, Blake and Paige Heiman and Seth and Sophie Shell.
Robert Clarence Childers (1923 - 2013)
Mary Virginia Feldman Childers (1925 - 1991)
Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Roger Gleitz
Record added: Aug 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21026646
Added: Aug. 19, 2007
At age 18, he enlisted in the Army and served with the Army Engineers' 27th Land Clearing Team, known as "The Jungle Eaters," in Vietnam from April 1968 to April 1969. He was awarded a Purple Heart. After active duty he served in the Army Reserve unit in ...(Read more)|
Added: Aug. 19, 2007