BLOOMINGTON — Keith P. Arteman, 75, of Bloomington, died at 2 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 8, 2015) at his home with his wife by his side.
A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington. There will be no visitation. The family will receive friends at the luncheon following the service at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded by Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Private inurnment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Catholic High School, attention Scott Vogel, or to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, Normal.
He was born May 2, 1939, in Peoria, son of Charles J. and Viola Miles Arteman. He married Eddy M. Easley Stalter on Sept. 2, 1986, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Surviving are his wife, Eddy, Bloomington; children, Peter Arteman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Julie (Matt) Groppi, Danville; Michael Arteman, Bloomington; Ben (Lucinda) Miller, Normal; Scott (Tricia) Stalter, Clearwater, Fla.; and Stephanie (Joey) McAdams, Bloomington; and 12 grandchildren, Julian Arteman, Lyndsay Menken, Lauren Groppi, Max, Will and Violet Miller, Jessica Stalter, Zach Hocker and Jacob Trachsel, Jamison Stalter, Sean Williams and Madelyn McAdams. Also surviving are one great-granddaughter, Londyn Menken; and one sister, Sharon Burris, Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Tami Arteman and Stacey Stalter; his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Shirley Arteman; one grandson, Bennett Miller; and a brother-in-law, Bruce Burris.
Keith was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was the owner and operator of Arteman’s TV in Bloomington, a Zenith dealership business that he took over from his father.
He graduated from Trinity High School, and was a pitcher of the 1956 and 1957 “Dream Team.”
Keith was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan and his greatest wish was to see the Cubs win the World Series. “Go Cubs!”
He will be greatly missed by his family, grandchildren, friends and his K-9 companion, Hemi. He will be remembered locally and nationwide as the proud owner of the all-original 1966 Hemi Charger, called the “Bloomington Ghost.”
Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements. To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.