Arthur Leonard Huset, 88, of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Arthur was born on March 21, 1931, in Rice Lake, Wis., to the late Leonard and Mabel (Larson) Huset. He attended Howard Grade School, graduated from Chetek High School, and attended St. Olaf College.
In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and fulfilled his childhood dream of being a pilot. Maj. Arthur Huset served his country by completing 585 missions in Vietnam as a pilot flying a C-123 cargo aircraft and then became a B-52 pilot. After 20 years, he retired from the United States Air Force as a major, returned to his childhood home, and continued his love for flying in his personal Piper Comanche 250 aircraft.
On May 23, 1992, he married Gladys E. Reichert at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church, where he was also baptized and confirmed. Together, they built a new home on Arthur’s grade school site in the township of Sioux Creek, Wis. He was devoted to God, family, church, volunteering at the Rice Lake Regional Airport, helping anyone in need, learning new computer programs, and providing airplane rides to friends and family.
Arthur is survived by his wife, Gladys E. Huset, of Chetek; three step-children, Julie (Rick) Jari, of Barron, Wis., Tamy (Bruce) Severude, of Barron, and Ricky (Tracy) Reichert, of Spooner, Wis.; nine precious grandchildren, Tara (Clayton) Macone, Rick A. (Kylie) Jari, JoHanna (Bryan) Hundley, Kiersten and Karia Severude, Ellen, Megan and Aaron Reichert and Hannah Langhammer; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Severude; and three nephews, Douglas, Dale and Allan Severude.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Dennis Severude.
A funeral service and military rites will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church in rural Dallas, Wis., with Pastor Peter Friberg officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family would like to thank the Mayo Clinic Dialysis Unit and many other medical professionals for all their care and support.
Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron. Online condolences can be made at www.rauschandsteelfuneralhome.com.