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2460 East County Road E
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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Arthur Pew

Arthur Edmund Pew III

Wednesday, June 28th, 1933 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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ARTHUR EDMUND PEW, III. Age 87 of White Bear Lake, Minnesota passed away peacefully and of natural causes on October 2, 2020. Born June 28, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Art was the eldest son of Arthur Edmund Pew, Jr. and Mary Elliott Trowbridge. He is preceded in death by his adored wife of 60 years, Judy, who was his dearest and most devoted companion. Art was a loving and admired father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his 4 children, Karen (Steve) Matysik, Lindy (Hans) Bucher, Arthur "Chip" (Shari) Pew IV, and Marion "Mari" (fiancé David Swanson) Pew; his 10 grandchildren, William "Will" Matysik, Taylor Matysik, Nicole (Ramiro) De Acevedo Ramos, Kessler (Adrienne) Horty, Julius Bucher, Arthur "A.J." Pew V, Leland Pew, Alvin Zavadil, Abigail "Abby" Zavadil, and Adeline "Ada" Zavadil; and 3 great grandchildren, Delfina De Acevedo Ramos, Desmond Horty, and Arden Horty. Art is also survived by his brother, R. Anderson Pew, his niece Lili, and nephews, Glenn and Jimmy. Art's family wishes to express gratitude for his devoted team of caregivers, especially to lead caregiver Barb Stephenson, who gave him such comfort in his later years. Art lived a full life surrounded by family, friends, railways, and water. After attending The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and Princeton University in New Jersey, he enjoyed a long and respected career in the railroad as a systems analyst and purchasing director, eventually retiring from Burlington Northern. Art pursued his passion for trains by traveling extensively by rail and serving on the boards of both the Minnesota Transportation Museum and Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust. He also served many years on the board of his family’s philanthropic Pew Charitable Trusts. A private interment service was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in White Bear Lake, MN on October 6, presided over by Pastor Kyle Jackson of St. Andrew’s Church in Mahtomedi with arrangements by Honsa Family Funeral Home, 651-429-6172. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Minnesota Transportation Museum ( and Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust (
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    St. Mary's Cemetery
    Stillwater Street
    White Bear Lake, MN
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Brian Voss

Posted at 05:59pm
The Minnesota Transportation Museum is indebted to Mr. Pew for his generosity, unending support and fervent advocacy for its mission, vision and purpose. I am honored to have had an opportunity to spend some time with Mr. Pew, albeit remotely via Zoom, but incredibly saddened that his time has passed so soon. I would have loved to have spent more time chatting with him. I am grateful that he had a life well lived and was surrounded by such a loving family. Godspeed Mr. Pew, and may peace and comfort embrace all those who know and love you.

Ned Kronberg

Posted at 12:56pm
Sending our deepest Sympathies first meeting the Pews in helping with the "Central Follies" they became some very good friends and always enjoyed talking railroad with Art and the fun we had at the Central Follies parties and train trips

Ned Kronberg

Katie Wolsfeld Moll

Posted at 10:10pm
My favorite picture - after 60 years of marriage, I love that they still hold hands. Nice to think that they are holding hands again! All my love - Katie Wolsfeld Moll

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Posted at 01:20pm
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