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WAKE FOREST — Arthur “Art” Sanford Childers passed away peacefully after a long illness on July 18.
He was born in Ellendale, North Dakota on July 28, 1929. At age 1½, he was adopted by Theron and Goldie Childers of Marmarth, North Dakota where he grew up and attended Marmarth public schools.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting rattlesnakes for bounty. While in high school he pumped gas for 10 cents a day and all the Pepsi he could drink.
Art went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, graduating in 1951. He received a degree in naval architecture from the University of California, and an Associate degree in Engineering Management. He worked at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard where he met his future wife, Rachel Munoz. They married in Milbrae, California in 1953 and had one daughter, Nancy.
Art and Rachel moved to Fairfax County, Virginia in 1955 where they made their home until Rachel’s death in 2016. Art worked for the Navy department in many different capacities over the years. After retiring from the Navy in 1986, he spent 11 years working for Enterprise because he loved driving cars. He left that job in order to care for his wife after her stroke and was her primary caregiver for over four years. After Rachel’s death, Art moved to Wake Forest to live close to Nancy and her husband John Clevenger.
The family held a private memorial. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest.