In Memory of Arthur Jay Canby
October 19, 1925 – October 30, 2016
Arthur Canby passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Saviour in the afternoon of October 30, 2016, surrounded by family members and a friend. Born in Burlington, Iowa, Art grew up on the family farm near Mt. Union. He volunteered for the Naval Air Force in 1943, serving until June 1946. At Carleton College, he graduated with distinction in Economics. In November 1952, he married Mary Blythe. Together, they raised their 3 children on farms, first in Iowa, then Oregon and British Columbia. Travel was a life-long passion, leading to extensive trips within the U.S and Canada, as well as the more distant lands of Europe and New Zealand. Art also found pleasure working with community service organizations such as Meals on Wheels. His dry sense of humor and thoughtful perspectives were enjoyed by many who knew him. In 2001, Art and Mary moved to Walla Walla, WA. Reminiscent of mid-Western towns they had known so many years before, this become his final home. Art was predeceased by his parents Jay and Nellie Canby, and younger brother Robert. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary, children Jean (Dale), Phil (Patsy) and Herb (Lynn), 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. He lived life well, loved greatly and was greatly loved. Many memories remain and will be cherished by his family and friends. A Memorial Service with be held at 10:00 am on November 26, 2016 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 628 Lincoln Street, Walla Walla, WA. Coffee reception to follow.