Arthur Wellington McKarns, age 72, of Bryan, Ohio and also Redondo Beach, CA passed away unexpectedly at the Cleveland Clinic on Friday August 2, 2013. Prior to his retirement he had been a High School Math Teacher for 40 years in the Torrance Unified School District in Torrance, CA and the Edon, Ohio School District.
Mr. McKarns was born near Pulaski, Ohio on the family farm on September 21, 1940 the son of the late Paul and the late Miriam (Snow) McKarns. He was a 1959 graduate of Stryker High School, He then attended and graduated from Adrian College. Attending the University of Southern California, he earned his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Living. During his time teaching at South High School in Torrance, he was a baseball coach, basketball coach and developed the boys and girls golf teams. While in college in Adrian, he was a member of the ATO fraternity and felt it was important to give back to the college and his fraternity. During his time in Bryan every year he enjoyed helping make ice cream for the Pulaski United Methodist Church’s Ice Cream Social. He also enjoyed supporting the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Torrance Symphony and the Hollywood Riviera Sportsman’s Club raising money for scholarships.
In August of 1961, he married Sharon K. Weber. To this union was born a daughter. In August of 1977 he married Marjorie Watts and she survives. In addition to his wife Marj, Art is survived by his daughter Robin Leonardo (Dan), two stepsons Michael (Susan) Watts and Patrick Watts, a sister Pat Putnam (Frank), two grandchildren, Cassandra and Michael Leonardo, and two step grandsons Chase and Chad Watts.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Thursday August 8, 2013 at the Grisier Funeral Home in Stryker. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00pm. There will be a memorial service held in Torrance, CA at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Assoc., 4041 West Sylvania Avenue, Toledo OH 43623. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.GrisierFH.com. The Grisier Funeral Home in Stryker has been entrusted with arrangements.