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 Arthur DeWitt Fitch

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Arthur DeWitt Fitch

  • Birth 28 Feb 1888 Phelps County, Nebraska, USA
  • Death 16 Mar 1978 Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 18779117

Arthur was the third child of Florus DeWitt and Genevieve (Sherman) Fitch. He was born on the farm his parents homesteadedin Rock Falls Township, Phelps County, Nebraska. His siblings were Blanche Monolo who died during childhood before Arthur was born, Claude Sherman, Orlo Vivian, and Laura Alice.

Arthur graduated from the University of Nebraska's School of Agriculture in 1910. While there he met his future wife, Myrtle Elizabeth Ball. The couple was married 12 March 1912. During the next dozen years Arthur farmed near Atlanta, then Scottsbluff, and back again to Atlanta. During that time he was licensed as a Methodist lay-minister and was the pastor of a rural church near Atlanta for a couple of years. By 1924 three children had been born: Lillian Genevieve in 1913, John DeWitt in 1922 and Joy Darline in 1923.

In 1924 the family moved to Monrovia, California, where both Arthur and Myrtle attended and L.I.F.E. Bible College in Los Angeles. Arthur worked at a large tree nursery during the day and attended school at night. After graduating they were both ordained, and were pastors of Foursquare Gospel Churches in California and Nebraska. Daughter Olive Elaine had been born in Monrovia in 1931.

In 1935 they were asked to pastor a rural community church near Goodman in the southwest corner of Missouri. They remained there most of the next twenty-five years. During that period, they left Goodma for one year to minister on the Osage Indian Reservation near Fairfax, Oklahoma, and several years during the 1940's at John Brown University, a vocational college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where Arthur taught Agriculture and managed the two University farms.

In 1960 they retired and moved to Moline, Illinois, where they lived with their oldest daughter who had never married. Arthur remained active in church work until the last five years of his life when a broken hip left him bedfast.

Arthur's life was one that exemplified the phrase "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

Bio courtesy of Elaine (Fitch) Vinzant


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  • Created by: SKP
  • Added: 5 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18779117
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur DeWitt Fitch (28 Feb 1888–16 Mar 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18779117, citing Moline Memorial Park, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by SKP (contributor 46481279) .