Arthur Pepe peacefully passed away at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the midst of his loving family.
He was born in 1923 in Oliphant Furnace, Pa. He was the eighth of 11 children of Crestino and Mary Pepe.
He worked in the steel mills of Youngstown, Ohio, while attending Youngstown State University, interrupting his education upon the outbreak of World War II to enlist in the Navy, where he would serve on the 66th destroyer and the USS BIDDLE, seeing action in the Mediterranean Sea.
After the war, he finished his education at Miami University, graduating with a B.S. in education in 1949.
He was an accomplished musician, able to play every instrument with ease.
He met the love of his life, Gerry Purvis, in 1949, while working toward his master's at Duquesne University. They would marry three years later on May 31, 1952, and had four children together: Teresa, Betty, James and Frank.
They settled in New Paris in 1953, where he became a pillar of the local community and a prolific philanthropist, serving the community in multiple capacities.
He taught music in Ohio, Chestnut Ridge and Somerset schools.
He loved working on his farm and being outside. Art was a true renaissance man, continually exploring new skills and interests. A beloved husband, father, brother and teacher, he touched the lives of all who met him and leaves behind a legacy of love.
Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home; and from 2 until the 3 p.m. funeral service on Friday, May 30, 2014, at the New Paris United Methodist Church, with Pastor Doreen Griffith officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Interment will be at the Cuppett Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Research Institute or the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.
Condolences can be expressed online at www.jedwardblackburnfh.com.