Arthur R. “Art” Gorsh, 92, of Iowa City, died at home Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 1:30 a.m.
Celebration of Art’s life will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at Faith Baptist Church, 1251 Village Rd. in Iowa City with burial at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Essence of Life Hospice or the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Cedar Rapids office) to be used for LGMD2I research, a cause Art has supported whole-heartedly for many years, in honor of his grandson. Online condolences may be made to his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com .
Arthur Richard Gorsh was born July 21, 1921, in Keokuk County, son of George and Minnie Ethel (Grimm) Gorsh. He was raised in Washington and Keokuk counties. In March of 1945, Art married Helen Dill. Together they raised seven children and had 37 years together before the Lord called Helen home March 14, 1983. On August 6, 1983, Art married Mary Murphy and just celebrated their 30th anniversary.
Art was a hard, dedicated worker. There was a time for enjoyment… after the work was done. In Art’s “spare” time he enjoyed woodworking, refinishing many antique pieces of furniture, as well as making unique pieces of his own, which he gave away.
Art started working at the age of 12, earning money to buy school clothes so he and his brother could finish their education. In addition to his dream job, his farm, he also worked several farm-related jobs, as well as at the University of Iowa for 19 years. As a third job during those years, he worked at several different full service gas stations, including Leo’s Gulf. Art accomplished all of this while raising his seven beloved children. After retirement from the university, he began a lawn care company and did that to perfection for another 20 years, until the age of 85. He was always there to help a friend or stranger in need. Art was also a faithful man, who knew his God, a Christian through his actions, not just in words.
Art was a wonderfully simple man with a huge heart, who influenced his children and grandchildren with his strong work ethic, to value and honor all people always. By example of him finding happiness, even in the smallest of ways and the toughest of times, encouraged his family to do the same.
Art’s greatest pride and joy in life was his family. He is greatly missed, but is now enjoying his life with the Lord, as our angel in heaven.
His family includes his wife, Mary; children Helen “Sue” Beaton (Joe) of Las Vegas, Nev., Marcia “Kay” Maxa of Colorado Springs, Colo., Daniel Gorsh (Linda) of Oxford, Verna “Ann” Schulte (partner Dick White) of Coralville, Sandra “Sandy” Nissley (John) of Iowa City, John Gorsh (Dixie) of Oxford, and Cindy Downes (Dave) of North Liberty; sister, Edna Heck (Arnold) of Cedar Rapids; as well as 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, Helen, two brothers, six sisters, two grandsons, and one great-grandchild.
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City is caring for Art’s family and his services.