Arthur Louis Jewett
June 24, 1930 – May 25, 2018
Arthur Louis Jewett Born June 24, 1930 in Cicero, Washington; Arthur passed away May 25, 2018 in Puyallup, WA. He was the eldest son of Eleanor and Raymond Jewett and he spent his early years growing up in the logging camps where his parents worked. Art shared those good times with the three brothers and three sisters he loved and was devoted to his family and friends. Next the family relocated to Auburn in 1942. Art was 12 years of age when he started working after school at the Auburn Safeway in the Meat Department and this is where he developed his skills for meat-cutting and hard work. Everything was put on hold when Art convinced his parents to allow him to enlist in the U.S. Army upon graduation with Auburn High School’s class of 1948. He entered the army on May 27, 1948 and after boot camp was stationed in the Territory of Hawaii. Art’s outfit, the 24th Division / 5th Regimental Team was deployed to Korea at the outset of the Korean conflict on July 25, 1950. His unit was known as the “Victory Division” and was the first to fight in Korea facing brutally hot summers and bitterly cold winters. Art was on the front line for 11 months. For his actions, Art received the Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Stars and also the Bronze Medal, awarded for Heroic service. After his return to the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii he was assigned to the Quartermaster Section where he served as an instructor for the Meat-Cutting School training up to 45 students per class. The meat business was in his blood and when he returned to the Northwest he accepted a job at Dahlgren and Massey’s in Auburn. This is where Art met and married his first wife, Lois Holm, and had two sons Christopher and Craig. He then moved to Renton to be the Meat Department Manager for the Shoppingtime. He eventually bought the store and it became Art’s Shoppingtime…his first business. He met and married his second wife, June, in 1960. Together they raised their three girls; Sharon, Gail and Kerry. They continued to build their businesses and moved their business to the Rainier Beach neighborhood and opened, with their partner Dan Pretare, the Rainier Beach Tom Boy and Art’s Country Market. Together they also built the Rainier Beach IGA Foodliner. In 1975 Art and June sold their share of the IGA to start a new business in Sumner; Art’s Sumner Frozen Food Lockers. They successfully built that business, sold it and settled into early retirement on Hood Canal in 1985 eventually retiring to the Fairwood area. In 2003 Art married his third wife, Lila, who had been his high school sweetheart. They took care of each other for just shy of 15 years. Art was a devoted family man and very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He loved having his family around him as everyone witnessed at Art’s annual Father’s Day Family Reunion. Art is survived by his wife, Lila and her son Greg (Linda) Alloro; his sons, Chris (Cheryl) and Craig (Shirley) Jewett; his daughters, Sharon (Frank) Adams, Gail (Mike) Orendorff and Kerry Jewett. He is also survived by his sisters, Georgia (Jim-deceased May 26, 2018) Lewis, Shirley (Jim) Phelan, Susan (Harvey) Nordyke and his brothers, Robert (Zellah), Danny (Rolene) and Dennis (Candice) Jewett. He also leaves 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Art was pre-deceased by his parents Eleanor and Raymond, his wife June as well as Lila’s son Chris. There will be a public visitation at Greenwood Memorial Park on Wednesday, June 13, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. On June 15th, Art’s family will gather at 12 noon to celebrate his life at a Memorial Service at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington. This will be followed by a reception at Renton Technical College at 2pm, building H-102. In lieu of flowers Art requested that any donations be directed to the American Heart Association.
- Scott Sutherland, Active Pallbearer
- Bill Tomalin, Active Pallbearer
- Chris Orendorff, Active Pallbearer
- Matt Jewett, Active Pallbearer
- Mike Orendorff
- Frank Adams
- Roy Bodine, Honorary Pallbearer
- Erv Stinly, Honorary Pallbearer
- American Heart Foundation
- Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
- Committal Service Friday, June 15, 2018
- Memorial Service Friday, June 15, 2018
Arthur Louis Jewett
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June 14, 2018
There are so many memories I have had with Art. To name a few, all the parties at Art and June's house when we were growing up.
The girls, Scott and I introducing our parents who became life long friends.
Priest Lake, Idaho...So many memories I wouldn't know where to start but I have a couple of favorites. The first one is I had to jump into Art and June's car to make it up the Vantage grade since Scott's car and boat wouldn't make it without more than him in the car. The other is I had flown into Spokane from California to be picked up and there outside the terminal was a caravan with my parents, Scott, Art and June and their kids all towing boats. I was totally surprised by the welcoming committee.
The famous "Howey Stick". You were honored to have received a Howey Stick from Art. I was one of the lucky ones. He had more fun than any of us when he instructed the recipient how to use this stick. A lot of frustration and choice words before you mastered it. I value my Howey Stick as does any one else who received one.
Just a few years ago Art invited Rick and I over to his house to show us how to make sausage. We made quite a few different types of sausages and spent the day in the garage with him. A great opportunity to learn from him and just plain talk about stuff.
My last and favorite memory is the first time I met Art over 50 years ago. My twin brother Scott and I were invited over to Art and June's house for a party by the girls. It was a great party. Art and June were there of course and having fun meeting all the kids. They both noticed one kid that was upstairs one second then downstairs the next. It wasn't until the party was over that both Scott and I were upstairs together in the dining room that Art and June said no wonder that kid was everywhere, there's two of them. That first encounter with Art and June is my fondest.
Art, you will sorely be missed.
Love ya, Dean and Rick