Rev. Dr. Arthur G. Backus, son of Mertie L. and Arthur H. Backus, born July 23, 1923 in Gad, West Virginia, died January 15, 2020 in Millsboro, Delaware at the age of 96.
Arthur and his wife Marilee V. Miller married in August 1946. They were together 72 years before her passing in 2018. He is survived by his four children: Howard (Sue Ann) of Laurel Delaware, Harold (Sue) of Millsboro Delaware, Steven (Diane) of Millsboro Delaware, and Janice (David Erenrich) of Hagerstown Maryland. They had ten grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Arthur served in the Army during World War II. After the war, he managed his family’s farm and general store before pursuing a career in ministry. Arthur was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College--from which he was also awarded an honorary doctorate--and Wesley Theological Seminary.
His ministry spanned more than 50 years, serving churches in Dagsboro and Millsboro, DE including, Zoar, Hickory Hill, Providence and Carey’s Church, and the West Virginia United Methodist Conference churches of Cedar Grove, Morris Memorial, Simpson in Moundsville, Spruce Street, First Church Clarksburg, and First Church Parkersburg. He also provided leadership as the Beckley District Superintendent and later the Development Officer for United Methodist Charities in West Virginia.
Arthur lived a life of great integrity, compassion, kindness, and a deep concern for justice. His life has been a testament to his faith in God and the goodness of others. In addition to delighting in his ministry Arthur enjoyed gardening, reading Westerns and family time.
A viewing will be held from 5 PM – 7 PM on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, DE 19966. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 10 AM – 11 AM at Zoar United Methodist Church, 24463 Gravel Hill RD, Millsboro, DE 19966. The funeral will start at 11AM. Interment will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zoar (Millsboro) United Methodist Church c/o Carisa Pepper, 24491 Gravel Hill RD, Millsboro, DE 19966 or Carey’s United Methodist Church c/o Josephine Dorey, 22750 Carey’s Camp Rd, Millsboro, DE 19966.
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ZOAR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
C/O CARISA PEPPER, 24491 GRAVEL HILL ROAD, MILLSBORO DE 19966
Carey's United Methodist Church
22750 Carey's Camp Road, C/O Josephine Dorey, Millsboro DE 19966