Arthur F. MillspaughArthur F. Millspaugh, age 92, of 8055 Rt. 227, Trumansburg passed away at home, in the caring presence of his family on Monday, June 7, 2010.

Born on September 11, 1917 in Trumansburg, Art was the son of Frank D. and Ethel E. (Hatt) Millspaugh. Art and his brother Wes operated Millspaugh Brothers Hardware and Lumber for over 30 years, establishing a foundation of service and integrity that remains the hallmark of the lumber store today. Art gave generously of his time in serving the community with his 25-year seat on the Trumansburg Fair Board, Past Presidency of the Community Council (now the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce), and his stalwart service on the board of directors of the Trumansburg Golf Course.  His passion for the game of golf was evident to fellow golfers and board members through Art’s continued commitment to the success of the course over the years.

Work never seemed like work to Art, as he had a talent for weaving enjoyment into each project; his excellent carpentry skills were often used to build crafts, his knowledge of making maple syrup was devoted to the operation of the M&M Sugar Shack where he and his business partner Bob Murphy made hundreds of gallons of syrup per season-a great deal simply given away for the fun of it, and his expertise in making jewelry out of stones benefitted others as he gave these precious hand-made treasures as gifts to friends and family. 

For many years Art operated a farm on Rt. 227 in Trumansburg, pursuing his love of the outdoors by working the fields, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He also raised quail and pheasants and in later years, re-connected with many friends in the community through the operation of his road-side stand. The  harvest of his extensive vegetable gardens were shared at this popular stand along with updates on his customers well-being.

In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by his first wife Gertrude V. (Dawes) on August 26, 1984; two brothers, Wesley and George; two sisters, Evelyn Lincoln and Ruth Ellison; one grandson Matthew Larkin; two brothers-in-law, Carl Lincoln and Jim Ellison; and a step-son, Scott Benz. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Betty (Ostberg); four sons, Dale (Debbie) of Yorkville, Roger (Chona) of Port Charlotte, FL, Fred (Lisa) of Trumansburg, and James of Trumansburg; one daughter Brenda (Richard) Gaige of Alpine; one step-daughter Patricia Jones of Rochester; one step-daughter-in-law Darlene Benz of Rochester; one sister-in-law Gloria (Robert) Close of Lodi; 12 grandchildren, Susan, Todd, Dawn, Denise, Scott, Jessica, Ryan, Sadye, Taylor, Samantha, Joshua, and Jason; two step-grandchildren, Gregory and Jennifer; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family will be present to receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St, Trumansburg.

Services will begin at 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 12th at the Trumansburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Losey officiating. Prayers of Committal will follow at Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to remember Art in the form of a contribution to kindly consider Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 or aiding in the construction of a Memorial Pavilion in Art’s name at the Trumansburg Golf Course. To contribute to the pavilion construction, please make check payable to “Trumansburg Golf Club” with notation in the memo stating “Art Millspaugh Memorial Pavilion” and mail to Trumansburg Golf Club, 23 Halsey St, Trumansburg, NY 14886.