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Willie Artho – July 22, 2017

Willie Artho, 79, of Stratford, died Saturday, July 22, 2017. 
Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef officiating.  Burial will be at the Stratford Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Stratford.
Willie was born on January 27, 1938 in Umbarger to Paul and Mary Artho. He had farmed in Dallam County for many years. He served as a county commissioner in Dallam County and as a deacon for over thirty years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratford.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  His favorite saying was “I drink beer, smoke cigars, and chase wild women” however his true call in life was to be a saver of souls.
He married Jeanette Husmann on January 18, 1961 in Hereford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Elroy Artho, Harvey Artho, Leo Artho, and Kenneth Artho; and two sisters, Edna Weick and Gracie Raef.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Artho of Stratford; four sons, Douglas Artho and wife Shauna of Guymon, Paul Artho and wife Sammie of Canyon, Eric Artho and wife Denise of Plano, Rex Artho and wife Paige of Canyon; three daughters, Debbie Frerich and husband Howard of Vernon, Lynette Kautz and husband Jeff of Stratford, Jennifer Artho of Stratford; two brothers, Joe Artho of Hereford, Andy Artho of Vega; three sisters, Irene Reinart of Hereford, Viola Birkenfeld of Amarillo, Elsie Fangman of Vega; eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church, P.O. Box 28, Stratford, Texas 79084.


  • Dc. Vacilio Posted July 23, 2017 4:02 pm

    Willie,was a true friend of us our love to Jennette and, family Willie was a Great Hearted Man our love is with you. Love Dc. Vacilio and Marcela Anaya

  • Michael Cox Posted July 23, 2017 4:53 pm

    Jeanette, and Artho family, so sorry for your loss. I thought alot of Willie. He was a very good man. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Carey Kuper Henexson Posted July 23, 2017 4:58 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for everyone. Rest easy Uncle Willie

  • Kim Maki Posted July 23, 2017 6:30 pm

    Prayers and love to the Artho families. Sincerely Bill and Kim (Brockwell) Maki, Elias, Merik.

  • Janie banner Posted July 23, 2017 7:06 pm

    We send our love and prayers and condolences from all in Elmer and Irene Reinart family and the Banners.

  • Michele and David DeRusso Posted July 23, 2017 9:23 pm

    Our condolences to the Artho family. Wr always enjoyed our visits with Willie. He was a good man.

  • Gerald & Gaye Wilhelm Posted July 23, 2017 10:41 pm

    May Gods mercy and love be with Willie. May God comfort his family with his love and peace.

  • Lynda Kuper Herrin Posted July 23, 2017 11:47 pm

    Condolences to your family. Know that God will help you through these said times.

  • Richard Kuper Posted July 24, 2017 7:10 am

    Willie; I am glad to have known you and spent some fun times with you and Kenneth. We had a lot of fun in the Stearman airplane. I’ll always remember you and yes you did smoke a couple cigars. I’m especially glad/happy to know of your work with the Church and your community and I know Jesus has plenty for you to do there (heaven) also. But you may have to negotiate a little about the cigars.
    Family;–I share your sadness-but know that he is with Jesus–it does not get better than that!

  • Monti Golla Posted July 24, 2017 7:27 am

    Our deepest condolences to you all. You are in our prayers.
    -The Gollas

  • Becky Reinart Posted July 24, 2017 9:26 am

    Prayers that your sweet memories will help you through this sad time. Love to all!

  • Barbetta Hesse Posted July 24, 2017 10:36 am

    My prayers are with you Jeanette and all the family. My memories of you during diaconate weekends are precious to me. May Willie Rest In Peace with the Lord

  • Ann Dziuk Stephens Posted July 24, 2017 10:38 am

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Rita Diller Posted July 24, 2017 6:12 pm

    Willie was one of a kind. He helped our family and many others more than anyone will ever know. May he Rest In Peace and all the family be comforted by his loving memory.

  • Ben and Stella Centeno Posted July 24, 2017 8:16 pm

    Our prayers and condolences to all the family. Job well done Deacon Willie.

  • Terry Posted July 25, 2017 1:29 pm

    I remember when willie brought Jeanette to moms to indroduce her. I was always in awe of their industrious ways. I am especially in awe of Jeanette being there for him through this last ordeal. What an honorable life!

  • The Schellers Posted July 25, 2017 5:09 pm

    Peace and love surround your family.

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