Arthur Thomas “Art” Kegler, a longtime resident of Boardman, passed away in Hermiston on Sept. 4, 2020 at the age of 88.
He was born on July 15, 1932 in Edgerton, Wis. to Archibald and Alffaretta Schuster Kegler.
Art moved to Vancouver, Wash. at a young age, where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Vancouver High School at the age of 16. After high school he attended the University of Oregon, where he studied Business and General Studies and received his bachelor’s degree.
While in college, Art was hired by his future wife, Rose Cerkoney to work at Montgomery Ward. He and Rose were married on Sept. 20, 1952 in Eugene. The couple had four children, Terri, Matt, Dean and Mark.
Art had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned/operated or managed several businesses in his early career. The family lived in many locations during those years, including Eugene, Roseburg, Tigard and California. The couple moved to Boardman in 1983, where Art owned and operated American West Properties until his passing. He was actively involved in the Oregon Association of Realtors, where he received many awards for his achievements and commitments to the organization, as well as the communities he served. He served on the Boardman City Council in many positions, as well as serving as the mayor of Boardman. He was very active in serving the community of Boardman.
Art enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and camping. But he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughter, Terri and husband Jerry Reser; sons, Matt Kegler and Dean and wife Karen Kegler; eight grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.
Art was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; his parents, Clarence and Alffaretta Rucker; son, Mark; grandson, Matthew; and brother, Ted.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family gathering will be held.
Family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Funland Park Playground Rebuild Project through the city of Hermiston Parks and Recreation, or to the Animal Relief Fund.
To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of final arrangements.