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Arthur Elias

Funeral Service

10:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 20, 2017


Elias, Arthur, 83, Johnstown, passed away March 24, 2017 at Windber Hospice. Born May 25, 1933 to the late Louis and Julianna (Hegedus) Elias. Preceded in death by daughter, Lynne Elias; brothers, Louis (Casey) and Jim Elias; and sister, Julie Patrick. Survived by wife of 58 years, Janet (Selders); daughter, Shereen (Elias) Sayre married to William; son, Clint Elias married to Tammie (Ackerson); grandchildren, Jessica Sayre Smith married to Zachary; Laura, Olivia, and Eric Sayre; and Hunter Elias. Arthur was a corporal in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He received several medals for his service including: Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Korean Service, and the United Nations Service Medals. He was a member of the American Legion and NRA. After Arthur’s time in the military, he worked for Ward Trucking, drove tractor trailer, and eventually became a Chief Lineman for Penelec and member of the IBEW, retiring in 1996. During his time at Penelec, he died on the Emergency Room operating table after a terrible accident. The family was privileged to have him survive and live another 48 years, working hard, loving family and friends. Helping many people during the flood of 1977, Art blessed people with his heartfelt spirit of being the hands and feet of Christ. He was a long-time member of Emmanuel Baptist church where he served as a deacon before he and Janet began attending West Hills Community Church. Arthur loved Christ above all, sharing his journey of faith with all he encountered up until the day he passed on to eternity. At the request of the family there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Windber Hospice or West Hills Community Church. Arrangements are in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans & Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at

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