Arthur Stewart Timson, (Art), 96 passed away in the early morning hours of October 24, 2023, at Brookdale Senior Living, Englewood, Colorado where he lived for the past four years.
Art was born on March 7, 1927, in New Haven, Connecticut to Arthur C. and Minnie Timson. His parents were immigrants from England and Scotland, respectively, a heritage he greatly treasured.
Art was a beloved brother, known as “Buster” to Gladys Campbell and Alice Barnes. They enjoyed family time at Hammonasset Beach and Savin Rock Amusement Park where they loved Jimmie’s famous hotdogs.
“Buster” attended Hill House High School in New Haven, Connecticut where he was on the soccer team, and a member of the Junior Red Cross and Student Activities Board. He enlisted in the armed services his senior year in 1945, as did many classmates.
Art joined the Navy on September 10, 1945. He was a “plank owner” crewmember as he was assigned to the USS Midway on the day of its commissioning. He served in Operation Frostbite, the first Naval operation of polar exploration in the North Atlantic. In March 1946 he was promoted to Seaman 1st class on the USS Midway. On July 12, 1946, he was honorably discharged at Lido Beach, Long Island, New York.
After his WWII service in the Navy, Art attended William Jewel College, Liberty, Missouri, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, a fraternity dedicated to Love, Honor, and Truth. Art graduated from William Jewel with a history degree in 1951.
It was in Liberty, at the Liberty Baptist Church, where Art met his future wife, Louise Moore. They attended many social activities at the church and married on April 19, 1951. They started married life in a small apartment in Liberty, Missouri. They were blessed with four daughters.
In 1951, Art began a 38-year career as an Underwriter with Allstate Insurance Company in Kansas City, Missouri, retiring in Seattle, Washington in 1989. Throughout those years he was an active volunteer for Junior Achievement and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Art was an active member, and lay pastor for the RLDS church. Art spent many years as a volunteer chaplain where he discovered his passion for hospital ministry.
Art was a devoted family man who took many cross-country family vacations, attended church camps and a was a mentor to many in his career, church life and personal life.
Post retirement, Art and Louise enjoyed living in Osage Beach, Missouri and Sun City, Arizona where Art was a lawn bowling champion, theatre participant, active volunteer and “roadie” for his good friend, Wes Davies, a musician.
In 2018, at 91 years old, his four daughters took him on a bucket list cruise of a lifetime to the Panama Canal. Special memories on the cruise included meeting the pianist in the lounge, also from New Haven, Connecticut who sang Happy Birthday to him on his special day. He learned Wii bowling, played trivia, and especially enjoyed watching the ship navigate through the canal.
Art was preceded in death by his wife Louise of 68 years, two sisters, Gladys and Alice, and infant brother, Harold. He is survived by four daughters, Brenda Truelove, Denver, Colorado; Becky Hoover, Brush Prairie, Washington; Nancy Timson Maechler, Birch Bay, Washington; and Judy Harris, Lamoni, Iowa. He was blessed to have seven grandchildren: Cory, Shannon, Ben, Dan, Angie, Matt, and Maria; eight great grandchildren, Hayden, Jersey, Spencer, Emilia, Georgia, twins Rylee and Wyatt, and Willow. He also leaves behind cousins, nieces and nephews and many great friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held November 30, 2023, at 2:00 PM at Brookdale Meridian, Englewood, Colorado. An additional celebration will be held in New Haven, Connecticut in the Spring of 2024.
Art will always be remembered for his lifelong curiosity, playful personality, genuine love of people and his compassionate and caring nature. “Art will be remembered as one of the good guys”, said his long-time Allstate friend, George Fujimoto.
If you would like, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice, which would make Art very happy.