Arthur James St. Germain, 1924-2007

Medford Mail-Tribune, 19 June 2007

Arthur James St. Germain died on Friday, June 15, 2007, in Visalia, Calif.  He was 83 years old.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at 1:00 p.m. at Whitehurst Loyd Chapel in Porterville, Calif.  The visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Whitehurst Loyd Chapel in Porterville, Calif.  Father Scott Daugherty of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #20 of Porterville, Calif. will be officiating.

Mr. St. Germain was born in Scobey, Montana, in 1924 to Joseph and Ruby St. Germain.  He enlisted with the United States Army at an early age, becoming a sergeant at 19 years old.  He was a veteran of WWII.  He was a sharpshooter and received the American Theater Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal.

After serving his country, Arthur became a truck driver, owning his own truck and also driving for private companies and his friends for over 30 years.  After retiring as a truck driver he became a mill wright at the sawmill in Terra Bella, Calif. for over 18 years.  He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2001 in Porterville, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gwen St. Germain of Porterville, Calif.; three daughters, Terry Shultz and husband Danny of Plankinton, SD; Sheryl Hall and husband Ted of Porterville, Calif.; and Vonna Wallace and husband Orville of Porterville, Calif.; two sons, Joe St. Germain and wife Suzan of Porterville, Calif., and Tommy St. Germain and wife Debbie of San Diego, Calif.  He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph O. St. Germain in 1932; his mother, Ruby in 1971; and his step-father, John Paudois, who died in Medford on the same day as Arthur.  Arthur was also preceded in death by one brother, Alvin Paudois in 1965; and by two sisters, Lola Gusky in 1999 and Thelma Roberts in 2007.

Arrangements are under the direction of Whitehurst Loyd Funeral Service in Porterville, Calif.