Arthur “Art” Salyer, age 98, a resident of Westerville, Ohio since 1956 passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Village of Westerville of natural causes.
He was born in Magoffin County, Kentucky on October 24, 1922 to Walter and Eva (Adams) Salyer, both who died before his 6th birthday. He is also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Jewell (Blanton) Salyer (2005), his two sisters, Kathleen “Kay” (Salyer) Loop (2010) and Eulajean “Jean” (Salyer) Jackson (2003); his two sons, Phillip Arthur Salyer (1949) and Jerry Lynn Salyer (2015); and his paternal grandparents who raised him, James Henry Salyer (1959) and Rebecca H. (Litteral) Salyer (1949).
Art is survived by his daughter, Dr. Terri Lee (Salyer) Breeden, interim Chief Academic Officer of Columbus City Schools, and husband, Frank of Westerville; daughter-in-law Kay (Pratt) Salyer of Ridgefield, Washington; and many beloved extended family members.
His fifth-grade education was supplemented by lessons learned in the hard work of subsistence farming in the great depression on his grandparent’s farm in the hills of eastern Kentucky. Art was a decorated WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army and fought with the 671st Tank Destroyer Battalion in the Philippines and Hawaiian Islands from 1942-1946. After the war, he returned to Kentucky and married Jewell Blanton on August 30, 1947. They moved to Columbus, Ohio shortly thereafter where Art spent a career as a factory worker for Columbus Coated Fabrics until his retirement after 45 years in 1997. He was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Indians and University of Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball. In 2012, Westerville Mayor Kathleen Cozussi issued a proclamation of “Arthur Salyer Day” in honor of his 90th birthday.
Visitation (noon) and service (1PM), Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at the Westerville Free Will Baptist Church where he was a longtime, faithful member; 390 E. College Ave, Westerville, OH 43081. Rev. Paul Etterling officiating. Interment Northlawn Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church.