Sad news. My dad, Arthur Stanley Harberts, died this week. He was 87. The obituary I wrote for my best friend, Dust Bowler, husband and dad reads as such:
Art Harberts, son of William and Lydia (nee Schmidt) Harberts, died of old age on February 26, 2014.
Art was born in Grundy Center, Iowa in 1926. After his family’s savings was lost, his family moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma to look for work. His father, a Presbyterian minister, found employment at a local church. The pay was sporadic. The family lost their home to foreclosure. In 1936, at the depth of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, the Harberts “blew out” to California. Traveling by DeSoto, they headed West. Crowding the route were thousands of fellow Okies looking for employment. Art – age 10 – paid the $13 fuel bill to Bakersfield, California with his paper route money.
After high school, Art attended Berkeley University on a V-12 academic scholarship. He majored in Naval Engineering. Later, he attended medical school in Heidelberg, Germany, Montpellier, France and Bern, Switzerland. He met his life’s love and future wife Lislott Blatter in Bern.
Upon completing his US Army service in France, Art and Lislott moved to Seattle, Washington. In 1972, Art, Lislott and their two young sons, Christian and Bernard, moved to Statesville, North Carolina. He was a practicing OBGYN at Davis Hospital and Statesville Medical Group until his retirement.
After retiring Art enjoyed volunteering at Allison Woods Foundation with Lislott. His hobbies included sawing lumber, building slab furniture and constructing a retirement cabin. He also enjoyed sailing with his son Bernard and visiting his grandchildren Alvin and Laura in France. He credits a good family and “two fingers” of Jack Daniels whiskey for his long and full life. Swiss cigars were his occasional vice. He says they reminded him of the Alpine farmers he enjoyed visiting during the years he courted Lislott in Switzerland.
His final wish was to see the apples bloom on the family farm.
Art’s wife Lislott died in 2012. He is survived by his sons Christian (Paris, France), Bernard (Caldwell County, NC) and sister-in-law Ursula Daniel (Washington, DC).
Art was cremated. A private memorial is scheduled for a later date.
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