Arthur Ruben Abel

December 10, 1929January 20, 2012

December 10, 1929 ~ January 20, 2012

Arthur R. Abel passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 at his home. A graveside service will be held at St. Paul Cemetery, 212 FM 2307, Marlin, TX at 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 23, followed by a memorial service inside St. Paul United Church of Christ with Pastor Ludy Manthei officiating.

Arthur was born December 10, 1929, to Rudolf Abel and Hulda Quandt Abel in Falls County, Texas. He attended St. Paul Public School. Arthur served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. After his return from the service, he worked as a carpenter until 1958, when he began working at the VA Medical Center in Marlin until his retirement in 1986.

On June 5, 1955, he married Margaret Polster in St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church, now St. Paul United Church of Christ, where he was a lifelong member and served in many positions. In addition to working at the VA Medical Center, Arthur farmed and raised cattle, continuing this activity all his life.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Elsie Niemeyer and Lorene Neumann in addition to their husbands, Johnny Niemeyer and Theo Neumann. Also, brother-in-law Charles Habel and sister-in-law Violet Polster.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret of Marlin; daughter, Karen Prentice and husband Dean of Temple; sister, Helen Habel of Marlin; brother-in-law, Leonard Polster of Riesel; brother-in-law, Wayne Polster and wife Peggy of Marlin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Keith Drews, Roger Drews, Bobby Mulsow, Danny Luedke, Gary Skrabanek, and Ron Skrabanek.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4464, Houston, TX 77210-4464; Providence Hospice, 4830 Lakewood Dr., Suite 2, Waco, TX 76710, or St. Paul Cemetery Association, 212 FM 2307, Marlin, TX 76661


  • Graveside Service Monday, January 23, 2012

Arthur Ruben Abel

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January 25, 2012

Dear Margaret, Karen, & Dean: Arthur will be missed by all who knew him because he was the type of man we all admired & emulated. I remember him well from my childhood days (50+ years ago); partly because my dad was the Arthur Abel from Riesel. Once in a while the one Arthur Abel would, by mistake, get the other Arthur Abel's mail. Because they were cousins & "got along" very well, the mail always got to the right Arthur Abel.
Elizabeth Abel (Dallas, Tx)

b james

January 25, 2012

Rely on family and friends at this moment and most of all God who can bring you peace of mind, knowing that he is eager for you to see your loved one again on earth! Im sorry for your lost!

Jan Skrabanek

January 24, 2012

Mrs. Abel,

May God bless you with the courage to make it through each day as you proceed through life with this change. May He bless you with the strength to make each passing day. I will forever remember Mr. Abel as he walked the path in the pasture from the barn to your home. It is a pleasant memory that makes me smile. My prayers and thoughts have been with you since I find out that he was ill. These prayers and thoughts will continue to be with you in the hopes of offering peace to you and your daughter.

Gary and Pauline Schreiber

January 23, 2012

Our entire family is saddened at Arthur's passing! He was one of the most honorable, kind, gentle men we have known! Our prayers are with Margaret, Karen, and family. We will miss him!

January 23, 2012

My most heartfelt condolences for Arthur's family. It was such a priviledge to minister to him. God's blessin gs for all the family. Chaplain Greg

January 23, 2012

You have my deepest sympathy,may the Great hearer of prayer give strength(psalms 65;2)

January 23, 2012

Margaret, Karen and families: Duane & I were surprised to get the news on e-mail about Arthur. We will miss him; our memories are good ones from reunions and in your home. Our prayers are for the Lord's loving presence to give you comfort and peace as you gather for the funeral and then each day, as the Lord is with you through this time of loss.
Love, Duane & Joyce Polster

Sandra Leuschner

January 22, 2012

Margret, I am so sorry about your loss.You are in my prayers .Also from the ladies from St. Paul's Gerald Sandy Leuschner

January 22, 2012

Margaret, Karen and Family
Sincere sympathy to all the family. Gene often speaks of all the fond memories he has of Arthur when they were boys, and getting to visit with him more recently at the school and family reunions. We will miss him so. With all our love from the Meier family.
Lois and Gene

January 22, 2012

Margaret, Karen & families. My sincere sympathy goes to all of you during this difficult time. May God be with you and carry your through. Remember the good times.

Lynette & Donnie McMorris