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Arthur H. Wellinger Major, USAF, Retired, died Thursday, January 29th, 2015. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on July 5, 1923, the only child of Leonard and Beatrice Wellinger. His wife, Helen L (Jackson) Wellinger predeceased him in February 1994.

 Over the later years, Arthur felt his life was blessed by virtue of his family and his many wonderful friendships made. He served over twenty years in our countries military service, during which time there were several military actions, including World War two.Arthur is survived by two daughters, Shanna K Gilg (Rick) and Karen S Wheatley (Kenneth III), three granddaughters including their families providing five great-grandchildren; also a half-sister, Gloria Bozak, and half-brother, Leonard Wellinger, plus their families, and a very special friend, Nan Merchant .

After his military service in 1963, he moved and was engaged as an independent agent for several different organizations, the later eighteen years as an independent sales representative for International Computer Service, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. He devoted a considerable amount of his time and effort over the later years to assisting with the funding for, development and maintenance of the veterans memorial of Garland County. He was an active initial member of the local Air Force Association, chapter 270, since its activation in 1988, and a member of the American Legion, post 13 for over fifty years. Arthur was also a member of MOAA, TROA, and the local order of the Elks #380. He was baptized and raised Episcopal.

Memorials may be sent to: Veterans Memorial of Garland County, PO Box 3955, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71914, or the charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, Sunday February 1st, 2015 at Gross Funeral Home.

Graveside service with full military honors will be 2:00 pm, Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at Crestview Cemetery with Ken Wheatley officiating.


118 Orange St
(Between Malvern Ave and Broadway)

Memorial Close Up

Morris Cash, Steve Smith, Fred Kelsay

We still need your help !
  The Veterans Memorial Commitee has worked hard to raise funds to erect a memorial to all Garland County veterans, and veterans with home and family ties to Garland County.  The Memorial which was originally planned to be built on Whittington Avenue , has been built in the beautiful Hot Springs Greenway , at 118 Orange St between Malvern Avenue and Broadway.  This location, just across the street from the Farmers Market, makes it a centerpiece icon for our community.
Donations are being raised through the offering of personally inscribed bricks , pavers and obelisks.
The cost to have a veterans name and service information on a brick is $100.00 for an individual  brick.
Larger donations will be recognized through larger paver style bricks and also oblisks of different sizes.
This is a chance for our community to reach out and proudly recognize its veterans from all branches of the military.
Your support is greatly appreciated!!
Deadline for next Brick and Paver order is
 1 Mar 2015
Bricks and Pavers ordered by this date will be installed prior to the Memorial Day  observance.

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