Oct. 26, 1920 - Feb. 7, 2015
Arthur Buell Ish, Jr. of Carnation, Washington passed away peacefully on Feb. 7, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was 94 years of age, having been born October 26, 1920 in Winters, California to Arthur Buell Ish, Sr. and Gladys Ish (née Gladys Izelda Brinck). He is survived by Nell, his wife of 59 years, his daughter Lisa Galindo of Elko, Nevada, his son Arthur Buell Ish III of Carnation, Washington, daughter JoNell Taylor of Salt Lake City, Utah, his son Samuel Ish of Duvall, Washington, son Ted Ish of Carnation, Washington, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
From a young age, Art enjoyed model airplanes and photography. After graduating from Winters High School he attended UC Davis for a year then moved to Burbank California to work on the P-38 assembly line for Lockheed Aircraft Corp. from 1940 to 1943. He was inducted into the U.S. Army April 17, 1943 and served primarily in France, behind the lines rebuilding the electrical infrastructure. He was shot out of a telephone pole and spent five months in the hospital recovering from a knee injury, receiving an honorable discharge in September, 1945. He entered UC Berkeley joining the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and went on to graduate in June 1949 with a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering.
At that point he began a life-long career with Link-Belt/FMC, and was transferred to Lawrence, Kansas where he was introduced to Nell Middleton of Kentucky who was teaching at the University of Kansas. The two were married Dec. 26, 1955 in Oakland, Kentucky. They welcomed their first child, Lisa, into their home just prior to Art’s transfer to Pocatello, Idaho in 1960 where he would work for FMC until retirement in 1982. After a short time back in California to care for Art’s mother, Art and Nell moved to the Lake Joy area of Carnation in 1992 to again be close to family. There they attended the Tolt Congregational Church.
The Ish household was always a happy place full of children. In addition to their own five children, three of whom were adopted, there was always a foster child or two in the Pocatello home, and eventually grandchildren. Art was always using his engineering talent in fun and creative ways, for example, converting a laundry van into the family camper and constructing a ski tow on the family property in Idaho. Art will be remembered as a loyal, hard-working man who loved travel and getting to know people of all nationalities. He loved nothing more than hearing about someone’s path to the United States and learning a few words of their native language.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m., Tolt Congregation Church in Carnation, Washington.