2017-11-12 / Obituaries


ARTHUR “ART” MOLZON, 101, of recently of Berville (formerly of North Branch), died Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Heatherton Place Assisted Living of Imlay City.

Arthur Adolf Molzon was born December 27, 1915, in North Bergen, NJ. He is the son of the late Adolf and the late Pauline (Winter) Molzon. Art Molzon was 1st born using Molzon as his last name. His father, Adolf Molzon, immigrated to the United States in 1910 through Ellis Island. His last name was Malzan (Matlzahn), but was recorded as Molzon. Adolf Molzon was born January 8, 1893 in Lipino, Germany, a small town east of Thorn, Germany. Art’s mother, Pauline Lena Winter, was born June 6, 1886 in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1913. Adolf and Pauline married in February 1914 and Art was born, December 27, 1915. At six months old, Art’s family moved to Detroit. In 1918, Adolf and Pauline, had another son, Edward and in 1921, they had a daughter, Elsie. Adolf worked as a carpenter and after a few years, he started contracting: building houses and apartment buildings. Around 1922, Adolf bought a 94 acre farm north of Imlay City but still drove to Detroit to work. Adolf was also a skilled blacksmith upon coming to the United States.

In 1929, the Great Depression hit. Art was 14 years old. His father’s building business collapsed and the family was forced to sell 64 acres of the farm, which included all the buildings. With the remaining 30 acres, Adolf built a small 24x24 house with a kitchen, small living room and one bedroom. Times were extremely tough. For a period of time, Art’s father became ill and was unable to work. To survive, the family was able to raise potatoes and various garden items. They also had chickens and three cows. After recovering from his illness, Adolf started a blacksmith shop in the basement of the home and shoed horses in farmer’s yards.

Art attended a country school at Blacks Corners Road, in which he and his siblings would walk a mile each day. Art went on to Imlay City High School and graduated in 1933. He was one of 53 graduates. In high school, Art playing basketball, football, and was on the track team. While at high school, he met his future bride, Velma. It was the height of the depression the year he graduated, banks shut down and jobs were scarce. Art was able to find part-time work digging graves for 25 cents an hour. In 1934, at the age of 18, he was able to work at Kroger in Almont on the weekends and within six months to moved up to a full-time job as a clerk for $12 per week. He married Velma Grace Williams on April 21, 1937 at North Branch.

He went on to own Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Imlay City for 35 years before retiring in 1985. Art was on the Lapeer County Board of Social Services for several years.

Art was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and received a 75 year award in 2013. He was patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of West Goodland United Methodist Church, Imlay City Eagles, Moose Lodge and the Elks.

He was an avid fisherman and golfer, getting 2 holes in one at local golf courses.

Art is survived by four grandchildren, Douglas A (Shirley Franklin) Molzon of Sterling Heights, Robert A. (Jill Curl) Molzon of Rutledge, TN, Diane Vena Mae Burke of Rutledge, TN, and Valerie Molzon of Sebastian, FL; many great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren and great-greatgreat grandchildren; his niece, Linda Jean (Doug) Lambert; nephew, Greg Molzon; long-time companion, Helen Christian; and daughters-in-law, Nadine Molzon-Nash and Marie Molzon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Molzon; parents, Adolf and Pauline Molzon; son, Harold Molzon; brother, Edward Molzon; and his sister, Elsie Whetter,

Those wishing to make memorial contributions, may direct them to: Disabled American Veterans or The Wounded Warrior Project.

A Funeral Service was held Friday, November 10, 2017 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City. Jerry Schriber of Farmland Ministries officiated. Interment followed at Imlay Township Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City. Please be sure to sign our on-line register muirbrothersfh.com

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