Warren E. McArthur

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Chelsea, Michigan

At age 74, passed away from kidney failure Monday, October 23, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor surrounded by his family. He was born August 9, 1943 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Floyd Allen and Betty (Turner) McArthur.

Warren graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. He earned a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Music Education and Administration from Wayne State University, and later a Master’s in Hazardous Waste Management Law and Regulation from Wayne State University. Warren was a Band Director at Clintondale High School, University of Detroit High School, and Dexter High School, ending his teaching career in 1977.

Warren and Judy owned and operated Chelsea Cleaners for many years, was a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and was an environmental consultant for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Warren was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and directed the church orchestra. He was active with Chelsea Kiwanis, Michigan Institute of Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Chelsea Area Players, and Washtenaw County Republicans.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Judith Marie Anspach, whom he married on August 13, 1966 in Grand Ledge.

Other survivors include three children, Kerry (Randal Jeffrey) McArthur, Adam (Teresa) McArthur, and Brooke (Mark) Parrish; six grandchildren, Rayna, Rowan, Skye, Klara, Lorelei, and Alex; his in-laws, Jim Kokas, Eldon Hardenburg, Ron & Royann Anspach, Brad and Bernie Anspach, and Jim Leurck; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Bonnie Kokas and Mary Lou Hardenburg, a sister-in-law, Jenny Bruyette; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Bruyette.

Warren was a gregarious and jolly man.  He refused to let his physical disabilities slow him down.  He put thousands of miles on his scooter cruising around town, always ready for a conversation with anyone he met.  He loved performing and teaching and sharing his love of music with others.  He adored his family and was a loving, caring and generous man.  His stories and jokes will be dearly missed by many.

Memorial Services are pending at this time. We expect arrangements to be finalized by November 2. Please check www.ColeFuneralChapel.com or call 475-1551. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith In Action or Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Cole Funeral Chapel.



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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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