Frederick “Fred” J. Arts IV, 64, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at UP Health System in Marquette.
He was born in Escanaba on March 4, 1952, the son of Frederick and Shirley (Poquette) Arts III. Fred was a hard worker starting at a young age, he delivered newspapers for 12 years in the Wells area.
Fred graduated in 1970 from Escanaba Senior High School. He worked at Bay College for 35 years retiring in 2010.
Fred was a good hearted person and was always willing to talk with people. He knew the importance of being present and supporting people at funerals and nursing homes. Fred loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed by many people.
He was active in hockey, being a coach for many years. He also was an avid Elvis fan. Fred knew all his music, sometimes doing impressions of Elvis, which was enjoyed by his family.
Fred is survived by daughter, Stephanie Arts of Escanaba; son, Cory (Beth) Arts of St. Johns, MI; daughter in law, Teresa Arts of Appleton; grandchildren, Emma, Ava, Bentley, Landon and Easton; mother, Shirley of Wells, MI; brothers, Ron Arts of Escanaba, MI, Bob (Wendy) Arts of Appleton, WI; sister, Robin Patton of Sussex, WI; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fred was preceded in death by his father on July 18, 2014 and son, William Arts on September 29, 2014.
Public visitation will be on Saturday, January 21st from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to assist with expenses.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Arts family.