Arthur "Captain Art" S. Herrala

July 28, 1929January 13, 2021

Arthur S. Herrala, better known as Captain Art Herrala, age 91, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, passed away on January 13, 2021. He is the beloved husband of almost 50 years to Woodie; Dear brother of Carmen (Yvonne), and dearest brother-in-law of Joe (Ann) Neme, Dick (Irene) Neme and Marlene Neme (Bill McFeely); Treasured uncle to a multitude of nieces and nephews on both sides of his family.

Art will be remembered as a wonderful and caring person by those who knew him. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lived in the Metro Detroit area for most of his life. He attended maritime school, and worked for the Boblo Company for 43 years, ultimately retiring as a Ship Captain for the Boblo Boats. He married the love of his life, Woodie Neme, on February 19, 1971, and they shared almost 50 great years of marriage. They traveled practically all over the world together, but also enjoyed golfing and bowling, and time out on their small craft boat. He will be greatly missed.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 2-6 PM at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038. Memorial contributions may be made in Art’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Memories and condolences may be shared with Art’s family at


  • Woodie Neme Herrala, Wife
  • Carmen (Yvonne) Herrala, Brother
  • Joe (Ann) Neme, Brother-in-law
  • Dick (Irene) Neme, Brother-in-law
  • Marlene Neme (Bill McFeely), Sister-in-law
  • Treasured uncle to a multitude of nieces and nephews on both sides of his family.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 17, 2021


Arthur "Captain Art" S. Herrala

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Br Nick Blattner Ofm Capuchin

January 19, 2021

On behalf of the Capuchin brothers I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Art. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of Art's life. Please be assured of the brother's prayers for the entire Herrala family during this great time of grief. May perpetual light shine upon Captain Art.

Patrick Livingston

January 16, 2021

Although our paths crossed when I worked on the Columbia in the 1960s, I didn't get to know Art and Woodie until I began talking with them while writing my book on the history of the island. I recall spending long hours drinking coffee around their kitchen table as they generously shared their Bob-lo experiences - both on and off the boats - with me.
Art went out of his way to search for news articles in his scrapbooks and duplicated irreplaceable photos for the book.
I stayed in contact with both Art and Woodie long after the research was completed and will remember, most of all being made so graciously welcome into their world and the wonderful excursions we were able to take into our shared love of old Detroit and, especially, Bob-lo.