Arthur Kidder, 1922-2021


Arthur Benjamin Kidder, 98, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family – longtime caregivers Eric and Sandra Kidder.

He was born April 11, 1922, in Bristol, Ind., to Sylvanus and Olga (Eskilson) Kidder.

Staff Sergeant Arthur B. Kidder proudly served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAF), where he served as an Airplane Maintenance Technician from 1942-1945. Arthur was assigned to the 304th Transport Squadron and 30th Transport Group. He spent 22 months in the China, Burma and India Theatres. Arthur completed 96 missions and over 9,000 flight hours.  In August 1944, he proudly earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Unit Badge. Later in January 1945, Arthur earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Arthur was a sewing machine mechanic for over 40 years at Boris Smoler & Sons. He was a member and past post commander of the American Legion, Zook Farrington Post 434, Kingsford Heights. Arthur enjoyed fishing and growing fruit trees and tomatoes. He was a member of the former Galena Baptist Church and also attended Bible Baptist Church, New Buffalo, Mich.

On Dec. 23, 1945, in Elkhart, Ind., he married Norene Skaggs, who preceded him in death on April 12, 2012.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Allen, Donald and Edward; and 2 sisters, Nancy and Sally.

Surviving Arthur are his children, Darla (Dale) Hock of Manchester, Mich., and Eric (Sandra) Kidder of Culleoka, Tenn.; 6 grandchildren, Drew (Tracey) Hock of Manchester, Darren (Stacy) Hock of Manchester, Dayna Hock of Manchester, Darci (Paul) Majewski of Manchester, Katherine Kozal of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Susan (Ray) Beauregard of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard “Bud” Kidder of Elkhart and Olga Fuller of South Bend, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service with Full Military Honors will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 23, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte, with Pastor Mark Bouslog and Pastor David Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery, Rolling Prairie, Ind. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Due to the recent governor’s order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines.

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Eric Kidder, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, Ind. 46350, or to the donor’s choice.

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4 Responses to “Arthur Kidder, 1922-2021”

  1. cynthia dorman

    Jan 14. 2021

    Darla we worked togther at Kesing and Rocke years ago I pray that you are well so sorry for your loss may God Bless you and your family Cynthia from Georgia

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  2. Louise (Sanetra) Arndt

    Jan 14. 2021

    My mother, Wanda Sanetra, worked at Boris Smolers for many years too. I can remember as a child going to see her at work, and your Dad was there. He always took the time to say hello to me and ask me how I was doing. He always was so nice.
    I’m sorry for your loss – he’s had a long and full life. My Mom passed away at 90.
    Take care –

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  3. Tim and Jackie Ohlund

    Jan 14. 2021

    Art was a great neighbor . Always enjoyed his recollection of his life’s many stories. A true proud American . The best fruits and vegetables especially heirloom tomatoes. Art will be missed!

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  4. Jean Monroe Trusedell

    Jan 15. 2021

    Darla. I am so sorry to read about your Dad. I remember your family and I loved having you babysit for us. May God bless you and yours

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