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Monday, 11 March 2013 09:45
arthur_abel_obitArthur H. Abel, age 92, died Friday at his home in Bowling Green.
He was born to Arthur A. and Mabel S. Abel on Sept. 20, 1920 in Baldwin, Iowa, the youngest of six children.
He graduated from Anamosa High and entered the University of Iowa, interrupting his studies to volunteer for the U.S. Army in the spring of 1942. Commissioned as an officer, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He shipped to Europe, where he fought at the Battle of the Bulge as a forward observer with the 101st Airborne Field Artillery. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Art stayed in Europe for a year after the end of the war and ran a displaced persons camp in Germany for Russians awaiting repatriation. He returned to the University of Iowa from which he received his BA in 1947 and MA in 1949.
In June of 1949, Art married Mary Sayre of Iowa City. They were married for 63 years. She survives, along with six children: Susan Abel (John Archer), Alfred (Colette), Margaret Abel-Quintero (Jose Quintero), Elizabeth, Sarah Abel-DeLuca (Stephen DeLuca), Rebecca Abel (John Coleman). Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Nicolas and Sebastian Quintero, Benjamin and Clara Abel, Grace and Samuel Coleman, and Cora Allen-Coleman.
Obit-FlagArt taught English at the University of Pennsylvania and Clemson, and received his PhD from Penn in 1962. He and Mary moved to Bowling Green, where he taught English at BGSU for nine years.
Later, he worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, retiring in 1985.
Art enjoyed gardening, reading (especially poetry), classical music, and word and card games. After sleeping on the ground in Belgium in WWII during one of the coldest winters in history, he swore he'd never do it again, only to become an avid camper with his family.
He delighted in saying he was happiest when he and the whole family were in the same tent.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Dunn Funeral Home, located at 408 W. Wooster. Services and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans for Peace ( and The Trumpeter Swan Society (

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 10:35

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