HAYESVILLE: Arthur Frederick Luikart, 89, of rural Hayesville, Ohio (Ashland County) died Sunday July 31, 2011 at his residence.
He was born October 30, 1921 in Monroe County, Ohio, the son of Herman and Alma Winkler Luikart.
He served in the United States Army in the 104th Infantry, also known as the Timber Wolves, during World War II, and was awarded a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Art worked at Tappan in Mansfield, Ohio for many years, and was a member of Stone Lutheran Church.
His passion was playing softball. Art pitched for several different teams in the area until he was 65.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Timothy (Susie) Luikart of Sebring, Ohio, Randy of Ashland, Ohio and Matt (Jody) Luikart of Ashland; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan (Ray) Anderson of Delaware, Ohio; 12 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, three brothers, Melvin of Jeromesville, Wallace of Utah, and Homer of Arizona; and one sister, Rosella Mottayaw of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia Cubbage Luikart on September 12, 2007; and two sisters, Twila and Verna.
Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville, OH with Pastor David Sanders officiating.
Burial will be in Vermillion Cemetery in Hayesville. Friends may call Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 6 - 9 pm at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805. Online condolences may be made at www.fickesfuneralhome.com
Published in the News Journal on August 2, 2011