Arthur H. Loring, "Art"
Arthur H. Loring, “Art”, was born on March 19, 1923, in New York City moving at a young age to Lee, MA where he was raised by his parents John and Margit Loring with his two brothers, John and Henry. It was a happy carefree life filled with lots of family; playing and eventually working on the neighboring farms. He graduated from Lee High School in 1941 and volunteered to join the US Army Air Corps in March of 1943. He was discharged from the Air Corps in 1945 and later joined the Air Force, training at Lowry AFB, CO; George AFB, CA; Seymour Johnson AFB, NC and Mountain Home AFB, ID as well as attending various weapons schools in Missouri and Florida.
During his career, Art was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC; Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand; George AFB, CA; Ubon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, RAF Shepherds Grove and RAF Woodbridge, England; and Mountain Home AFB. He retired from the Air Force in September 1973 at Mountain Home as a technical sergeant.
His significant awards include the World War II Victory Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon and Vietnam Service Medal.
While stationed in Thailand, Art met his lovely Anong in 1966, they married in 1969 and moved to Mountain Home in 1970. Anong was revered in the Thai Community in Mountain Home creating many lasting friendships. After leaving the Air Force, Art took a position with Elmore County Long Term Care facility where he worked until 1984 when his dear Anong suffered a stroke and required his full-time care. Anong returned to Thailand in 1994 where she passed away that October and forever rests in the Buddha’s land.
Art remained in Mountain Home among his many friends until his passing on March 6, 2019. His quiet spirit, gentle humor and warm smile will be missed by many. He loved to travel; visiting 22 countries and all 50 states. Photography was another passion culminating thousands of photos from his travels and family. He continued to share his photos through the internet via email and Facebook until his last day. Art was predeceased by his parents and brothers. He leaves his sister-inlaw, Dolly Loring and seven nieces and nephews.
Services were held in Mountain Home on March 12, 2019, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, with military honors. Burial will be in the spring in Tyringham, MA where he will rest with his dear parents.