Arthur E. Grabski 94

Arthur E. Grabski 94, a lifetime Grangeville resident and farmer passed away from various age-related infirmities at his home on October 19, 2021.

Art was born in Lewiston, Idaho on November 17, 1926, the son of Emil and Marie Hartert Grabski. He received his grade school education at Star School District No. 13, a one-room country school near Grangeville, Idaho. He graduated from Grangeville High School in 1943 as Valedictorian of his Class at age 16. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1944-1946 as an electronic technician. Later, Art attended the University of Idaho and graduated cum laude with a degree in Agriculture in 1967. He was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor society.

Art was an Exalted Ruler of the Grangeville Elks Lodge No. 1825 and was also Grand Knight of Grangeville Knights of Columbus Council No. 4058; and Art was President of the Board of Directors of the Union Warehouse & Supply Company. He was a lifelong member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. After Art retired from farming his main hobby was spending his time at his favorite “wood patch” cutting logs and firewood and enjoying being in his timberland.

In 1966 Art married Loretta Zehner and even though they later divorced they still remained best of friends until his death.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Marie, and his brother, Ernest Grabski and a stepson, Bob.

Art is survived by seven stepchildren, Elaine, Shirley, Janice, Jon, Mike, James and Debbie and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Rosary will begin at 1:00 pm with a funeral Mass to follow at 1:30. A coffee social will follow. The graveside service will be held later.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville, Idaho. Please send condolences to

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Art’s name to Sts. Peter and Paul School or a charity that brings you joy.

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  • Bill Uhlenkott says:

    What a great man and a super visitor. My visits with Art were always enlightened with his joyful humor and spritural attitude.
    I was blessed to have known him.

  • Elwyn and Dixie Johnson says:

    Elwyn and I were so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. The world has lost a fine and very kind fellow. We got to know him when he and El were both officers in the Elks. One of my favorite memories was long ago and an Elks Convention in Boise. We were all on a tour of the capital building, at one point there was a display of various minerals, and one was labeled “Antimony”. I said aloud that I thought that was an emotion you felt when you were angry. Art started laughing, as did I, and we just couldn’t stop. About the time one of us got control, the other would start up again. I realize this is a rather unusual story to relay in a tribute to such a wonderful person, but because of this one humorous occasion, I have always thought of Art with great joy and affection. On another occasion, Elwyn rode with Art to an out of town meeting at St. Maries, and on the way Art told El all about the various types of erosion they saw along the way. El was very impressed with his knowledge and said he never heard Art say an unkind thing about anyone! Art will be missed by so many people and his kindness will be long remembered. We were lucky to have known him. The earth has lost a great guy, but Heaven has gained someone very special.

    Elwyn and Dixie Johnson

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