Dr. Arthur A. Smucker was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Dhamtri, India, to Ralph and Alma Smucker, who were serving there as missionaries.
Art and his family returned to the U.S. when he was in his teens. He finished his high school education at Goshen High School.
He attended Goshen College, where he met Oma Hershberger. They were married July 2, 1948, in France, where they both served in Civilian Public Service following World War II.
Art obtained a master's degree and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Illinois.
Art and Oma returned to Goshen in 1953, where Art accepted a teaching position at Goshen College. Art spent his entire professional career at Goshen College, serving at various times as a chemistry professor, head of the chemistry department, tennis coach and director of computer services. Art and Oma also led Study Service Trimesters for Goshen College in Guadeloupe (GC's first SST unit) and in Poland. Art retired from Goshen College in 1987.
Oma passed away in 1994 following a short illness.
On Jan. 1, 2001, Art married Carol Oyer. Family was always important to Art. He felt blessed by his six children and maintained ties with Oma's relatives as well as with his only brother, Dr. Ernest Smucker, Ernest's children and the stepchildren he gained through his marriage to Carol.
Art loved travel, music and drama and participated actively in all of them throughout his life. His interests were extensive and varied and he taught himself to excel at many things, including tennis, bridge, playing multiple recorders, foreign languages, computer languages, acting roles and genealogy research and database compilation.
There were many summer camping trips with his children, resulting in a number of wild and woolly family memories. Art had a deep sense of calling to mission and service, which he fulfilled through his lifelong commitment to Goshen College, as well as multiple service trips for Mennonite Disaster Service after he retired.
Art never lost his sense of adventure. Some of his later escapades included rafting the Colorado River, snorkeling in the waters of the Galopagos Islands and conducting a train at age 93.
Art passed away in his sleep Dec. 25.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Oma (Hershberger) Smucker; and his brother, Ernest Smucker MD.
He is survived by his second wife, Carol Oyer; his children, Doug (Karen) Smucker, Brian (Candi Horton) Smucker, Don (Jade Chandler) Smucker, Cynthia (Larry) Marcus, Carol (Chuck Back) Smucker, and Robert (Klaudia) Smucker; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four stepchildren, Rebecca Oyer, Kathy Oyer, Sarah (Mike Cerceo) Oyer, and Tim (Joanne) Oyer; and a myriad of nieces, nephews and other extended family.
A celebration of Art's life will take place at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5.
Lunch will be served following the service; all are invited to attend this time of sharing.
Anyone wishing to give a gift in Art's memory is invited to consider a donation to Mennonite Disaster Service.
Published on December 29, 2017