Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home obituary – Arthur Ritchey Adkisson, Jr., 73, of Nauvoo


Arthur Ritchey Adkisson, Jr., 73, of Nauvoo, Illinois passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa.


Arthur was born on March 26, 1946 in Keokuk, Iowa the son of Arthur R. and Ruth Buelow Adkisson, Sr. On July 30, 1966 he married Dianne Wood at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo. She survives.

Mr. Adkisson was a graduate of the Warsaw High School, Warsaw, Illinois. Following high school he served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 – 1969 serving on a USS Destroyer. He received his Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University. Art began his teaching career in Colusa, Illinois and finished his 33-year career at the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School.

When Art wasn’t teaching he enjoyed helping local carpenters. Mr. Adkisson was a member of the Nauvoo American Legion where he served as an adjutant and was a charter member of the Nauvoo Jaycees.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne, one daughter, Brenda Adkisson of Nauvoo, one son, Lance (Shawna) Adkisson of LaHarpe, Illinois, two grandchildren, Abby (Braden) Shull and Brady Adkisson and two sisters, Susan Pryor of Lathrop, Missouri and Linda (Bob) Kiser of Gainesville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo with Pastor Mark Anderson and Fr. Tony Trosley officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Illinois. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 15 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals where the family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established for the Nauvoo Veterans Memorial or the donor’s choice. Please visit Art’s obituary at to leave a conndolence.

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