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Arthur W. Ladehoff, 81, of DeWitt, passed away, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center - West Campus, Davenport.

Memorial Services will be 11:00am, Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00-7:00pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at www.snellzornig.com.

Arthur Warner Ladehoff was born on July 12, 1936 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Gustav and Frances (Warner) Ladehoff. He was a 1954 graduate of Clinton High School and attended the University of Iowa. He returned to the family business Clinton Engineering after Iowa and worked until 1984, when he started Clinton Decoy Company.

It is impossible to condense his lifetime of work and accomplishments into a few paragraphs. He was truly one of a kind. The proof of this is in his ability to take his interest and passion for waterfowl hunting and create a product like Big Foot Decoys. Big Art revolutionized the industry. To this day, some 33 years later, his ideas still stand the test of time and are the models for which all subsequent products are judged by. He approached his life and his business the old fashioned way. He under promised and over delivered with a handshake to seal the deal.

Those that knew Art knew he was at his happiest during duck hunting season with family and friends and with his favorite black lab by his side.

He married Sandra Fischlein on June 20, 1958 in Princeton, Iowa, they had three children Laura, Franci, and Greg. He was a lifetime sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, and was inducted into the Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2012.

Art is survived by his wife: Sandy of DeWitt, one daughter: Franci (Todd Jepsen) Ladehoff of Clinton, one son: Greg (Mechelle) Ladehoff of DeWitt; and three granddaughters: Lindsay Kahler, and Ellie and Annie Ladehoff. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter: Laura; one brother: David; and two sisters: Sherrianna and Diane.

Memorials can be made to JDRF.
Published on November 6, 2017
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