Arthur “Art” Seddon Linzell, 96, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at The Inn at Apple Ridge in Richfield, Ohio.
Art was a beloved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather and a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Woods. Art’s warm spirit, bright smile and bellowing laugh could light up any room. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always enjoyed a good story. Art deeply loved his family and greatly valued his many friendships.
Art was born in 1923, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the oldest of five children. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Art attended The Ohio State University for two years, where he was a member of the varsity swim team that won the NCAA Championship.
In 1945, Art graduated from Yale University with a degree in mechanical engineering and joined Hydraulic Press Manufacturing Co., where he enjoyed a successful career of almost 40 years as a sales engineer and head of the Detroit office.
In 1951, Art married his beloved wife, Grace. They settled in Grosse Pointe Woods, where they raised three children and enjoyed 63 years of marriage prior to Grace’s passing in 2014.
Art was one of the longest-running members of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and he delighted in spending time boating and near the water with his family and friends. He was an avid sailor and raced 13 times in the 217-mile Bayview Mackinac Boat Race to Mackinac Island. Art also was a Shriner, active member of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and major sports fan, particularly football and tennis.
Art is survived by his sister, Betty Jean Giffen; son, Ron Linzell; Ron’s wife, Robin Wright Linzell, and their children, Sheri (husband Aaron Swerdlow) and Leanna; son, Richard Linzell; daughter, Lori Stewart, Lori’s husband, Ken Stewart, and their children, Lindsey (husband Craig Maurer and son Hayden Maurer), Hailey and Carley; and his brother in law, Henry Vincent.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Bath Church, 3980 W. Bath Road, Akron, Ohio. Art will be buried next to Grace in Moore’s Chapel Cemetery in Bath.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association at warmemorial.org.
Services in care of The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory, 85 N. Miller Road, Akron, OH 44333
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