East Troy, Wisconsin – Arthur James Spilburg passed away at East Troy Manor nursing home in East Troy, Wisconsin, on August 5 following a long illness. He was ninety-nine.
Arthur was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 9, 1914, to Rudolf Spilburg and Caterina Pietenella (Patmos) Spilburg, both of Dutch descent. He was the youngest of five children, who all stayed in the Cleveland area in close contact until their old age. During his school years Arthur enjoyed basketball and the fine arts. After graduation from Cleveland East High School, he first worked with his father as a plumber and then became a welder, working for many years at Standard Oil of Ohio.
Arthur met his future wife, Dorothy Jane Harris, at a girls’ basketball game at Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, Ohio. They were married at that church on October 24, 1941. Arthur and Dorothy had one child, daughter Nancy Jane. They lived in the suburb of Lakewood and soon moved to the suburb of Fairview Park. The Spilburgs also cared for Dorothy’s mother, aunt, and uncle for many years.
Arthur and Dorothy moved to East Troy in 1983 to live near the family of their daughter Nancy and her husband, David Bruey, originally from Lisbon, Ohio. They took special joy in their four beloved grand-children, Alison Jane, Douglas Christopher, Thomas Kendall, and Gweneth Elaine Bruey as they grew up. The Spilburgs were members of St. James United Methodist Church and were among the original residents of the Kiwanis Heritage senior apartment complex, where they deeply appreciated the high quality of life and many friendships.
In his later years Arthur returned to an interest in tropical fish and developed a new interest in orchids. He was very appreciative of the thoughtful care he received at East Troy Manor and the many visits of his family and friends.
Arthur is survived by Nancy and David, their four children, and many extended family members and friends. The last of Arthur’s siblings passed away in 2004, and his wife Dorothy passed away in 2008 after sixty-six years of marriage. He was the last member of his generation in their extended family.
A memorial service is planned for a later date. Memorials to Arthur may be sent to the Scholarship Fund of St. James United Methodist Church, 2945 Main Street, East Troy, WI 53120 or to the Building Fund of the East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094 Graydon Avenue, East Troy, WI 53120.