Arthur L. “Art” Mikel, 78, passed away at 10:35 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at Southfield Village, South Bend.
He was born on June 1, 1942, in South Bend to the late David K. and Harriet (Byers) Mikel. He has remained a lifelong resident.
He was a fun-loving person who was friendly with everybody he came in contact with. He worked for his dad and retired from Heat Treat, Inc. in South Bend and was a shareholder, along with family members, of Lake City Heat Treat in Warsaw. He loved the Lord and was a member of Southlawn United Methodist Church. He enjoyed singing the hymn “How Great Thou Art” while his friend, Chuck Hamman, would play the piano at Southfield Village, where he resided for the past 4 ½ years.
He loved bowling with his dad at Chippewa Bowl, where they won 10 league championships together and where he met his best friend of 56 years, Fred Christman, back in 1964. He and Fred went to many bowling tournaments together, attended many Notre Dame football games, including the 1975 Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., and the 1978 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tex. He was also part of WSBT’s Aunt Flabby’s entertainment group, portraying Flabby’s bodyguard Bo at many functions.
While living at Southfield, he loved coloring and would give out his pictures to about anybody he came into contact. It gave him great happiness. The family sends many thanks to the Southfield staff for their wonderful care. He faced many medical issues over the past 20 years and handled each one with great faith and strength.
Art is survived by his nephews: John Davis, South Bend; Bill Davis, Syracuse; Doug Davis, Warsaw; Steve Davis, Plymouth; Josh Mikel, Springdale, Ark.; and Jay Mikel, Gravene, Ark.; nieces: Julie Whiteman, Lakeville; Priscilla Price, Lakeville; Candy Jenkins, Springdale, Ark.; Christy Goldbary, Springdale; Pam Roach, Bayfield, Colo.; and Phyllis Berg, Fayetteville, Ark. He is also survived by his adopted brother and caregiver: Fred Christman, South Bend. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Sally Davis; and his brother: Edward Mikel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend. Graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Arthur L. Mikel may be donated to Southlawn United Methodist Church, 60756 US 31, South Bend, IN 46614.