AUBURN – Arthur Alexander Windecker Jr., 98, of Auburn, died on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Clover Health Care, 440 Minot Avenue, Auburn.

Arthur was born in Oak Park, Ill., on Sept. 14, 1910, the second child and first son of Arthur Alexander Windecker and Flora Mary (Stephens) Windecker. He attended public schools in Oak Park and graduated from Oak Park High School at the top of the class of 1928. He graduated from Harvard University in 1932, magna cum laude and phi beta kappa.

Arthur attended Harvard Law School for a year before joining the Prudential Insurance Co. in Newark, N.J., as an actuarial candidate. By 1942, he had passed all of the actuarial exams and had become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He took a leave from the Prudential during World War II to join the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. He served a year in Washington and a year in Hawaii.

In 1953, Arthur resigned from the Prudential and joined the Equitable Life Assurance Society in New York City. He became an officer of the Society in 1959, an assistant vice president in 1961, and a second vice president in 1967. He retired from the Equitable in 1975 and worked part time for the next several years doing actuarial consulting for a consortium of European insurance companies. During his professional career at both the Prudential and the Equitable, he was active in the Society of Actuaries and the Home Office Life Underwriters Association.

Arthur married Beatrice Barbara Bickford of Auburn on Sept. 15, 1934. They lived for several years in Bloomfield, N.J., before moving to Chatham, N.J. While in New Jersey, Arthur and Beatrice raised two sons, Arthur Alexander Windecker III, currently of Goleta, Calif., and Richard Chase Windecker, currently of Shrewsbury, N.J. In 1996, Arthur and Beatrice moved back to Auburn, residing for two years at Schooner Estates before moving to Clover Health Care.

Arthur was widowed in 2000 and in 2001 married Ruth Whitaker Bolton, also a resident at Clover Health Care. He was widowed a second time in 2007.

In Chatham, Arthur was a member of the Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He also served as Clerk of Session for several years. In Auburn, he was a member of the United Methodist Church.

In his middle years and well into retirement, Arthur enjoyed skiing with his family, playing bridge, traveling with Beatrice, and vacationing at the family summer cottage on Lake Pocasset in Wayne. He was a devoted husband and had a strong sense of the duty of supporting his wife and family.

Arthur was predeceased by his two wives; his brother, Walter Windecker; and two sisters, Florence (Windecker) Stevenson and Marion Windecker.

He is survived by his two sons; his daughter-in-law, Patricia Windecker; two granddaughters, Karin Windecker and Laura Windecker; and many nephews and nieces and their children. He is also survived by his two stepdaughters, Beverly Leyden of Hebron, and Arolyn Lake of North Bridgton, and their children and grandchildren.

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