Arthur Preston

Arthur Preston

April 1, 1934 July 7, 2019

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Obituary for Arthur W. Preston Jr.

Arthur W. Preston, Jr., 85, peacefully passed away with his family by his side on July 7, 2019. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI to the late Arthur William Sr. and Maxine Preston, on April 1, 1934. Arthur was best known by his lifelong friends, classmates, and family members as Bill or Art. He attended Ann Arbor High School where he excelled as an outstanding track and field athlete followed by a year at Eastern Michigan University. Arthur enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 to honor and serve his country. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky where he became a tank commander and was honorably discharged in 1961. He married his true love, Barbara Jackson (Windsor, Ontario) on July 27, 1957 in Ann Arbor, MI. and have been together for 62 years. Arthur is survived by his wife Barbara and their children, Karen L. Preston, Aaron W. Preston, and grandson Blake W. Preston. Arthur will be missed by all those that he touched, including his three sisters Maxine Campbell, Delores (Jim) Turner, Carol Ann (Marvin) Alexander, brother-in-law Frederick Green, and his many nieces and nephews who lovingly called him “Uncle Bill”. Arthur’s professional career was in law enforcement. He served as a deputy for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s department, where he was on the first canine patrol unit in the area. He was instrumental in the arrest and conviction of serial killer John Norman Collins (Michigan Murders). He then went on to work as a chief investigator for the Public Defender's office and finished his career with the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. He retired in 1994. Arthur went into law enforcement because he wanted “to make the community I live in a better place.”   During retirement, Arthur kept busy running his own business, Preston Products. Alongside Barbara, who is a talented artist herself, they made various wood furniture products and specialty items. He was best known for his personalized birdhouse clocks which were sold at M-Den locations.  Arthur and Barbara enjoyed traveling the world with family and friends. Their favorite trips were to Italy, France, India, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. Arthur liked to share his trip adventures with others.  While at the Roman Colosseum he had a vision that he was a gladiator in his past life. Very fitting for the protector that he was.Arthur will be remembered for sharing good times at Carlyle Grill, Quarter Bistro, Uptown Coney Island and Benny’s Family Dining in the Ann Arbor area. He was always there to provide help, guidance, and encouragement to all. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with the Presentation of Military Honors at 1:00 p.m. and the Presentation of Sheriff's Honors at 6:30 p.m. at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103. The family would like to thank all those for their love, support, and expressions of kindness. We would also like to have special thanks to the University of Michigan Hospital, Rogel Cancer Center and Arbor Hospice for their care.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department - Canine Unit (Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Service Center, Attn: Canine Unit, 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105) and/or to the family.

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    Tuesday July 16, 2019 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Tuesday July 16, 2019
    1:00pm - 7:00pm

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Aaron Preston

Dad,Words can't express my feelings of sadness right now...there is so much that I want to say and tell people of all of your great qualities for those that did not know you. My mind flashes from one great time to another, family vacations, house projects, discussions about work, telling me about love and life, simple times when we used to fish and play badminton in the backyard, playing with your grandson and coming over for cookouts and watching football. The times when the police could confiscate fireworks from bad guys and use them for the good of the neighborhood....especially the M-80's and 160's placed on snow shovels and sending shrapnel over the garage roof where all the kids were standing in amazement! I may not have told you all the time and I'm sorry for that but I respected you, I always loved you and always admired how you treated everyone with respect and non judgement. You are a great man, one that cared about all, one that did not ask why but how and when you could help. I especially admire your love for mom, and your 62 years of being married to her. That takes a special relationship by both of you, one that is not seen very often now. I am sorry if there was ever a time I disappointed you, I am very sorry. I did not mean to hurt you. I have learned to overcome many things through your strength and encouragement and discussions about growing up. Thank you for being my dad, thank you for being you and thank you for everything that you have done for our family....I love you Dad.
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Karel Graham

We cherish the times we've had with Art and Barb. Living across the street from Aaron and Laura, and becoming like family with them, we spent many a wonderful opportunity in the company of Art's humor and quick wit. Whether it be watching Michigan sports or hanging out on the back patio we always he and Barb have such a way of making you feel valued and loved. We will treasure our happy memories of our time together and I am so thankful to get to see Arthur's special qualities live on through Aaron! We will miss you dearly Art! The Graham Family
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