Princeton-- James Devin Arthur, age 94, of Princeton, died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton.


He was born July 26, 1910 in Francisco.


He was a retired printer at Standard Printing Co. in Princeton, where he worked for 50 years.


He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Bassett in the Pacific, which rescued many of the survivors who served on the U.S.S. Indianapolis.


He had lived in Princeton since 1956, moving there from Patoka. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Princeton, where he served as Elder.


He was a 50-year member of the Columbia Lodge No. 450 F&A.M. In Patoka. He was a recipient of the 33rd Masonic Degree, the highest award you can receive in the Masonic Order. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 281 in Patoka, the Royal Arch Chapter Council and Commandry, the K.Y.C.H. In the York Rite, Scottish Rite in Evansville, a life member of the V.F.W. Post 1147 and a member of the American Legion Post 25.


He was a former member of the Gibson General Hospital Board of Directors. He had served on the Board of Directors of the former Patoka National Bank, where he also served as Bank President.


He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Margaret Fern Arthur of Princeton, two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan Fern and Noah Shouse, of Kokomo and Janet and Marcus Petty, of Silver Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren, Phyllis Crow, of Ft. Myers, Fla., Richard D. Rogerson, of Brookston, Ind., Eric Petty and Ralph Petty, both of California, and Ted Petty, of Orlando, Fla.; and 10 great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Luther and Essie Mae (Devin) Arthur, MD; five sisters; and two grandchildren, Brent Arthur Petty and Gloria Jane Rogerson.


Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, at the Colvin Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Brookman officiating.  Burial will be in the Decker Cemetery, in rural Patoka.


Friends may have called at the Colvin Funeral Home from 2 until 6 p.m. On Sunday. There was a Masonic Star Memorial Service at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  V.F.W. Post 1147 will conduct military graveside services.