Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Obituary - Arthur E. Herchen

Graveside memorial service and inurnment for Arthur E. Herchen of Bradenton, Florida will be Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Mulberry Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri, under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-6779-6555) in Butler, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Bates County Youth Advocacy Council (P.O. Box 466, Butler, MO 64730 c/o Sandy McLaughlin). Earlier memorial services were 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Epiphany Lutheran Church (770-831-1966) in Suwanee, Georgia. Contributions to Haitian Timon Foundation (

Arthur E. Herchen, Jr. of Bradenton, Florida passed away Friday, July 2, 2021. Art was born in Providence, Rhode Island on January 12, 1934 and graduated from Hope High School. In his youth he began a lifelong enjoyment of running and being a student of history. He also focused on growing his faith and strived to lift up and help those in need.

After two years in the Army (1954-56), he attended University of Miami (1958-60) and began a 29-year career with the United States Customs Service. Starting as an Inspector in Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida and later working as a Senior Special Agent/Criminal Investigator in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Art always worked hard to take care of his family and friends in every way he could. His honesty and kind smile were steadfast for those around him. He enjoyed engaging in many ways with his church, including holding various lay positions and supporting affiliated charities including Haiti and Habitat for Humanity. His hobbies included taking time for the sunsets, the peace of fishing, enjoying music, and copious notetaking of his thoughts and experiences.

He leaves five children, Paul (Jan) Herchen of Tequesta, Florida, Becky (Mike) Rowley of Durham, North Carolina, Robert (Sara) Lear of Newnan, Georgia, Tim (Julia) Herchen of Dallas, Texas, and Beth (Janey) Swink of Sugar Hill, Georgia. Art’s grandchildren are Ryan, Sean, Chris, Brittany, Noah, Owen, Adam, and Courtney.; along with four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Rose Marie (Swain) Herchen; sister, Marilyn Martin; and brother, John Herchen.

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