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Eagle River resident Arthur R. Maines, 73, died May 31, 2007, at the Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage.
A service and celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle River Elks Lodge. Interment will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Arthur was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1971.
He moved to Alaska in 1963.
Arthur was employed with the Civil Service from 1973 until his retirement from Elmendorf Air Force Base in 1990.
Mr. Maines was affiliated with the Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Veterans Administration and Disabled American Veterans and was an honorary member of Purple Heart. He was an advocate for the veterans outreach center.
Mr. Maines enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He took an interest in the group ReCreation USA, sponsored by the Elks.
His family wrote: "Art was a good, honest and compassionate man. He was the love of my life and will be forever missed. He lived his life always willing to help someone in need. Teaching someone how to fish brought him great pleasure. He made many friends wherever he went, especially new ones every year on the Kenai where we spent our summers. His involvement with the Elks organization brought him great pleasure. His unselfish acts of compassion toward the veterans of this country will be remembered, as they could always count on him for whatever was needed. He also cared very much about his family and friends. His good deeds will live on forever in the hearts of all those he touched with his kindness and love."
Arthur is survived by his beloved companion, Mary Lou; sons, Alan, Audie and James; stepdaughter, Shari; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; "prodigal" son, Larry Bane; and many special friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Eagle River Elks, 17111 Eagle River Loop Road, Eagle River 99577.
Local arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
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