The Woodward News


February 25, 2014

Richard Wendell Arthaud

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Woodward Church of Christ, Benevolence Fund, Midwestern Childrens Home or Clinton Veterans Center.

Woodward, Okla. —

A service for Richard Wendell Arthaud, 80, resident of Mutual, Oklahoma and lately of the Clinton Veterans Center is schedule for 2:00 p.m. in the Church of Christ in Woodward, Ok. Officiating will be Minister James Bailey and Minister Ray Don Jackson. Burial will follow in the Dunlap Cemetery outside of Mutual, Oklahoma.

Richard Wendell Arthaud was born April 28, 1933 in Mutual, Oklahoma to Millard Arthaud and Velma (Maulsby) Arthaud. He passed away on February 21, 2014 in Veterans Center of Oklahoma in Clinton, Oklahoma.

Richard graduated from Mutual High School in 1952. His Dad owned and operated an independent garage and machine shop. Here Richard learned the mechanic trade. He was a mechanic for three GM dealerships: G.O. Williams of Sharon, Ok.; Williams-Baker of Woodward, Ok. and Don Vincent of Shattuck, Ok. He owned the Arthaud Machine Shop in Mutual, Ok. ten years. He and his wife also owned and managed the Maxoil Manufacturing Company in Shattuck, Ok. five years.

Richard served in the United Stated Army from 1952 to 1954 and was released with an honorable  discharge. Among other commendations, he received the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

On August 6, 1966 he married LaVita Ruth Burchan in the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Woodward, Ok. To this union two sons were born and he took great interest in teaching them to work on their own vehicles and their outside school activities.

Survivors include their two sons: Aaron and wife, Denise in Pleasant Plain, Ohio and Arlan and wife, Karen of Holly Springs, North Carolina; six grandchildren: Hunter and wife Audrey of Huntington, West Virginia, Keerstin, Kaytlin, Madison, Alexia and Jacob; Two brothers: Alan Arthaud and wife Flora Mae of Mutual, Ok., Leland Arthaud and wife, Loretta, of Keys, Ok., two sisters: Carolyn Burgess of Clinton, Iris Carter of Littleton, Colorado; a sister-in-law, Reba Arthaud of Mutual, Ok.

He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents and one brother, Norman, and two brothers-in-law, John Burgess and J.A. Carter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Woodward Church of Christ, Benevolence Fund, Midwestern Childrens Home or Clinton Veterans Center.

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