Arthur Francis Cady, of Sauk City, died on July 16, 2021, at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. He was 92.
Art was born on October 23, 1928, on the family farm near Reedsburg to Arthur William and Grace Alma Cady. As a boy, he explored Sauk County’s natural wonders – the Baraboo Bluffs, Devil’s Lake, and the Wisconsin River. Wherever life took him after that, his heart stayed in Sauk County.
He served in the Army in Japan during the post-WWII occupation and reconstruction. The experience left a lasting impression. For the rest of his life, he continued to be troubled whenever his country went to war having witnessed the aftermath firsthand.
After returning to the States, Art worked as a carpenter and became a highly skilled craftsman. His projects ranged in scope from a toy barn to the houses that his children grew up in.
He had a lifelong love affair with the American automobile. Mostly a Mopar fan, he tolerated the occasional Chevrolet or Ford. Art could fix just about anything and was still maintaining his own cars into his nineties. And he continued to drive (against our objections) right until his death.
Art enjoyed a lively discussion (okay, an argument) and, by his own account, rarely lost a debate. If necessary, he would simply filibuster you into submission.
As he grew older, the doctors and nurses at the VA hospital became his second family. He admired their skills and compassion, and the care they provided allowed him to live independently until his death (in hospice at the VA, appropriately enough).
Art was a man of limited means, but generously shared his time, skills, and resources with his loved ones. He made a lasting impression (mostly positive) on the people he met. He will be dearly missed by those lucky enough to know him well.
Art is survived by his sister Marilyn, his son Arthur (married to Susan), his son William (married to Rhonda), his daughter Carol, his six grandchildren and his six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cheryl and her two children.
A burial service will be held at Butterfield Cemetery near Reedsburg on July 31st at 10 am. Military honors will be provided by the Reedsburg Area Veterans Honor Guard.
The Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg is serving the family.
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