Art Borth found Mobridge to be perfect town
Arthur Borth, 89, of Billings, Mont., and formerly of Mobridge, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
Art was born on Aug. 17, 1924, in Gackle, N.D., to John and Katherine Borth, the ninth of their 10 children. After striving with his family to endure the Great Depression, he joined the Army Air Force and served in the Pacific Theater of WWII as a nose-gunner in a B-24. He came home from the war to Edgeley, N.D., where he discovered that business and ranching were his passions.
After meeting the love of his life at a friend’s wedding, he began a brief courtship with Cordelia Kirschenmann from Streeter, N.D. The two were married in 1953 and he continued serving the community of Edgeley with Cordelia at his side as proprietor of the grocery store.
In 1961, they made the decision to sell the grocery store and move to Mobridge, where they opened Borth’s Clothing Store. Mobridge proved to be the perfect small town in which to raise a family, grow a business and catch walleye on the Missouri River. There were idyllic days and he and his family treasured fond memories of sitting on the porch swing, soaking up the sun and countless hours of picking apples and enjoying the bounty of his garden. Art and Cordelia have always been enthusiastic sports fans and would often travel to watch their grandchildren play in whatever sport the season featured.
After 50 years in Mobridge, they moved to Billings, to enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren more fully (not to mention more pinochle!).
Our sweet husband, father and grandfather loved Jesus dearly and could be found reading his Bible more and more as his passing approached. He will always be cherished because of his humble and gentle spirit and the Godly example he led.
Art is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cordelia Borth; his two daughters, Karen (Gary) Flohr and Bonita (Steve) Berg; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
His third daughter, Marcia (Jeff) Gray, preceded him in death.
There was a service for family and friends on Monday, Feb. 3, at Smith’s West Chapel in Billings, and a memorial service at Faith Evangelical Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Interment with military honors was held Tuesday at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.