~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