Arthur J. Kightlinger Jr., age 92, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at his home in McKean Township. Born November 26, 1924 in Meadville, PA, he was the son of the late Arthur J. Kightlinger Sr. and Bessie Peterson Kightlinger. He married Louella M. Kunselman at Calvary Baptist Church in Franklin, PA on November 16, 1946, and she survives.
After graduating from Meadville High School in 1943, Art served with the 4th Regiment of the U.S. Marine Corps on Guam, and the Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa during WWII, ending his 28-month service in China at the time of the surrender of the Japanese.
He returned home and earned a BS Degree in Education from Edinboro State College in 1962, his Masters in Education in 1964, and a second MA in Vocational Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967. He also earned an Ed Specialist Degree in Vocational Education from Michigan State University in 1973-74 while on sabbatical from Erie County Technical School, where he taught Basic Machine Shop from 1968 until his retirement in 1991. He also taught 6th grade at Townville Elementary School and Vocational Machine Shop at Meadville Vocational School. Prior to his teaching career, he had completed a machinist apprenticeship at the former American Viscose Company, worked for Westinghouse Corp. and Leech Tool & Die, all in Meadville.
Art was a member of the First Baptist Church of Edinboro, the Gideons International, PSERS, and NRA. He was a former member of McLane Baptist Church, Meadville First Baptist Church, PSEA, and the Edinboro Senior Bowling League. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, bowling, and traveling by RV to all states but Hawaii.
He was preceded in death by a foster brother, Edwin H. Hall; his step-father, William H. Fetrow; and infant grandson, Richard A. Kightlinger; a daughter-in-law, Donna Kightlinger; and his son, Arthur John Kightlinger III.
Survivors include his wife Louella; two sons, Rev. Richard Arden Kightlinger and wife Kathy of Oil City, and Robert Steven Kightlinger of Erie; nine grandchildren– Christa Lindey (Keith), Brian Kightlinger (Gwendolyn), Heather Swope (David), Ryan Kightlinger (Bethany), Amy Ross (Timothy), Susan Jaggard (Alan), Stephanie Urzi (Christopher), John David Kightlinger (Kelley), and Steven Kightlinger. Other family members include 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kightlinger; a sister-in-law, Annette Burgert; a nephew, two nieces, and several cousins.
Friends are invited to visiting hours at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. and on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church of Edinboro on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. and will be officiated by Art’s son, Richard, and Rev. Ryan Grafton. Burial will be in Greendale Cemetery in Meadville.
Memorials may be made to Edinboro First Baptist Church, Gideons International, McLane Church, or Meadville First Baptist Church.