~Robert Leo Artz, age 86, a resident of Strasburg died at his home, on Sunday, April 1, ~2012.  A graveside service for Mr. Artz was conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, ~April 4, 2012, at Riverview Cemetery with Rev. Robert Throckmorton officiating.  ~Military honors were conducted by Shenandoah Legion Post 77, Strasburg.                ~ Mr. Artz was born September 12, 1925, at the Richard homeplace in Strasburg, VA, ~the son of the late Edward Emory Artz and Annie Adelia Richard Artz.  He spent all of ~his life in the Strasburg area where he grew up farming with his family on Del Ray ~Farm and his father's orchards west of town.                                                                  ~He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific.  He worked ~at American Viscose plant, (Avtex), in Front Royal, VA for 44 years, retiring in 1986.  ~Mr. Artz was a member of the Toms Brook United Methodist Church where he was ~active in the United Methodist Men.  He was a member of the Shenandoah American ~Legion Post 77, Strasburg, and a member of the Massanutten Antique Tractor & ~Gasoline Engine Club.                                                                                                    ~He married Jean Elizabeth Wisman on April 11, 1946, who preceded him in death in ~March of 2000.  Of his nine brothers and sisters, Samuel F. Artz of Strasburg ~survives.  Additional other survivors are his daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria A. ~Ryman and husband Leo of Maurertown, and Debra A. French and husband Charles ~of Edinburg.  Grandchildren, Candy Ryman Phillips and husband Brett of Strasburg, ~Jim Ryman and wife Marty of Leesburg, Charles E. French Jr. and wife Kitra of ~Woodstock, Sarah E. French of Fredericksburg, and Emily French Kenny and ~husband Sean of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Great-granddaughters, Samantha Clark, ~Sadie Ryman, and Carson Elizabeth Ryman.  A son, Jeffery Allan Artz preceded him ~in death.                                                                                                                  ~Bobby enjoyed his family, friends and neighbors and the loyal companionship of his ~little dog, Molly.  

  Robert Artz  1925 - 2012