OBITUARY

Arthur F. Taggart

March 17, 1943October 11, 2021
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Born in Scarsdale New York on St. Patricks day in 1943, Arthur Fay Taggart would become the eldest brother of a brood of 10 siblings. Fond summer memories were made working on his maternal grandparents farm on the eastern shore of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Eventually the family relocated to Indiana where Art enrolled in Carmel High school as a sophomore. Small but full of grit he played first string football for the greyhounds.

Upon high school graduation, “Artie” as he was known by friends and family attended St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. There he was happy to continue his football career along side his brothers .

Soon after graduation Art joined the marines and bravely served two tours in Vietnam. Honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Later he received a masters in civil engineering at Butler University.

Art went on to a successful career in engineering making life long friendships in the industry. He purchased an old farm house in Carmel. Here he would fall in love with what he referred to as a “heap of a house” and began to restore this gem stud by stud, room by room.

He and wife, Missy connected on shared endeavors. Dog shows, antiques, design, horses, and gardening. Together they delighted in many passion projects. Extensive gardening and landscaping, screened in porches, and endless debates over paint colors and fabric swatches to name a few.

A life altering cancer diagnosis brought dark clouds soon to be lifted by the wonderful chaos and noise of grandkids tearing through the once quiet home. “Papa heart” as he became to be, was enthralled with grandchildren slumber parties, summers at Lake Michigan, soccer and football games, and family functions. Perhaps the best “medicine” his big plans saw him through each holiday and milestone.

Defying all odds Art became somewhat of a legend at the VA and a hero to his family. His courageous fight and positive attitude was remarkable as noted by the team who treated him. Art passed peacefully and comfortably at home surrounded by family and Scruffy his furry dog companion on October 11th.

Abounding gratitude to our VA family of doctors and staff. Many thanks to the support of City Club where Art made many friends. No words suffice in our thanks to hospice care, Shannon, Kelly and Maureen of Intrepid Hospice. And especially our sweet Ronnie who means the world to us.

He would often say “there is no hill for a climber” and that is reflected in the astounding care he received by all care givers in his tremendously long battle with cancer.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and brother Tom. He is survived by wife missy, step sons Joe (Ashleih) and children, Danny, Hugh (Mallory) and Gabe. Siblings, Jim (Shirley), Jesse (LouAnn), MaryAnne (Duke), Lois, Dave, Julia, Tricia (Lou) , and Ruthie and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Arthur will be held October 26, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM with eulogy at 3:45pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Road, Carmel, Indiana 46033, followed by Mass of Cristian Burial at 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Hamilton County Humane Society, 10501 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038. or to a charity of your choice .

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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Arthur F. Taggart

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Geoffrey Clow

October 22, 2021

Art was such a true blessing in my life. I learned so much from him on how to be a man, and the importance of true friendship.
Art fought a very long and difficult battle and never complained. His attitude was always so positive and rubbed off on me and everyone around him. Art will be one of God’s favorite angels in heaven.
I will truly miss the great times we had together and all of his wisdom he shared with me through the years, and more than anything our beautiful friendship.
I will truly miss you my dear friend.
Love you Art!

Ron Huser

October 20, 2021

I met Art at an early time in my life through a vendor who sold playground equipment. Art became a client and then we became friends. We worked together for many years. I have many fun memories on the road of life with Art. His attitude towards life was truly the way we should all live, positive, caring and genuine. He will be deeply missed by all the people he has touched in his life.

Jo Robinson(Jorgensen)

October 13, 2021

Art was an amazing friend and had such a kind heart..I've known him since we were in high school but have become closer friends in later years..in spite of all the health problems he has had, he always kept a positive attitude and made me smile whenever I saw him. He fought the good fight with such grace. Rest In Peace my friend..my prayers go out to all his family and friends..

Maribeth Degyansky

October 13, 2021

Art and I were not only high school classmates and friends, but even better friends as adults.
Art had a wonderful sense of humor, he was an incredible gardener, loved his dogs like no other and was the most amazing fighter of that terrible disease I have ever known. Whenever I would see him he was always cheerful and optimistic.
Al and I will miss Art terribly, but we have that gorgeous garden that he and Missy have created to remember him with wonderful, happy memories.
We love you Art Taggart!

Charlotte Wilson

October 13, 2021

I have many memories of Art. I liked him so much we named our Son after him. I am just heartbroken to hear of his passing. The Taggart’s have always carried a special place in my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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