Arthur L. Davidson passed away on Aug. 17 at age 92. A private graveside service was held Aug. 19, followed by a Celebration of Life at at Temple Israel.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betsy G. Davidson, daughter and son-in-law, Mary-Beth and Bruce Muskin and son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Juanita Davidson; grandchildren: Anne Muskin Brower and Matt Brower, Emily Muskin Rathner and Jesse Rathner, Zachary Muskin and Jenni Pozmantier, Bryan and Jamie Scholtes, Brandon and Sarah Scholtes, Austin Davidson, and Michelle Davidson, great-grandchildren: Edie Brower, Emma, Nicholas, Grace, and Zack Scholtes, and Caleb, Cole, and Dominic Scholtes.
Arthur L. Davidson was born March 22, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa. The youngest of three, he was born into the furniture business and worked his whole life in it. As a young man he joined the military, moving to Chicago and was one of the original members of the radar unit in the US Navy. After his time in the service he graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he met Betsy G. Davidson. They were married in St Paul, in 1950.
Arthur and Betsy moved their family to Omaha in 1958 to run the Omaha branch of Davidson’s Furniture. Davidson’s was a community staple for many decades where he worked alongside his son Doug. In addition to being a loving father and a prominent business owner, Arthur was very active in the Omaha community. A former president of Operation Bridge, he was a regular volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, a member of Kiwanis, and a lifelong mason for the Scottish Right.
Arthur was a true behind the scenes man- the backbone of everything he did. In his quiet, confident, and sometimes stubborn way, he solved all problems, fixing everything from toys to heartbreaks. He approached life with love and passion whether it be playing tennis, fishing, camping, sailing, or just tinkering for hours on end.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Temple Israel, and the Anti-Defamation League.