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Vincent Raymond Arts

April 19, 1924 — January 14, 2020

Vincent Raymond Arts passed away on January 14, 2020 at the age of 95 peacefully after a short illness. He was born on April 19,1924 and raised in Marshfield Wisconsin. Vincent and Mary (Slaby) were married in 1950 and raised their children in Madison Wisconsin. Vincent was one of the oldest living heart transplant recipients in the U.S. after surviving surgery at Aurora St. Luke’s 29 years ago in 1991. Later, Vince gradually lost his sight due to Macular Degeneration. He earned a masters degree and had many accomplishments during his career in medicine. While working for the State and University in radiation he started the second radiation dosimetry cancer department in the U.S. and created an instrument to deliver cancer medication that was used throughout the country. In addition to his love of science, Vince also had a passion for the world of finance and real estate. Vince had many business adventures during his career, including starting the Bashmobiles (an amusement ride in Wisconsin Dells), dormatory housing and other real estate properties that his loving wife Mary and children worked together to make these ventures successful. Vince also was Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and loved golfing and playing cards. He enjoyed his retirement years wintering in Mission TX. He is survived by one son, Jerry (Lynn) Arts of South Milwaukee, WI, four daughters Vicki (Ron) Norby of Fort Collins, CO, Sonja (Pat) O’Brien of Greendale, WI, Nancy (Dave) Weller of Mission TX, and Traci Arts of Middleton, WI. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Kevin and Alan Arts, Wade Norby, and Katherine and Brandon Weller. He is preceded in death by our dear mother Mary Arts, daughter Jackie Arts, and grandson Eric Norby. His spirit and drive for living a full life will be missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers or donations Vince wanted everyone to register as an organ donor and donate to the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired to aid in the cure of Macular Degeneration. Private family services will be held this summer in Madison Wisconsin.
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