Arthur “Art” Selmer Piehl, age 78, of Sidney, passed away at Pathways of Northern Colorado Hospice in Fort Collins, CO on Saturday, December 9, 2023. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, January 26, 2024 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Ted Bourret officiating.  Cremation has taken place in accordance with Art’s wishes. A luncheon will follow at 1432 15th Avenue Sidney, NE.  Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. 

     Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday from 1-6:00 P.M to sign Art’s book.

     You may view Art’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at  Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Art’s care and funeral arrangements.

     Arthur Selmer Piehl was born on February 7, 1945 in Sturgis SD to Arthur Herman Wilhelm Piehl and Ruth Louise (Kohnke) Piehl. He grew up in Sturgis, SD, graduated high school in Sturgis in 1963 and graduated college from South Dakota in Black Hills State University in 1966. Then he married the love of his life Alexis Marie Johnson on August 16,1968. They were married 50 years until her death in 2018. Where they had Heidi on August 7, 1971 and adopted Heather on October 31, 1977. 

     He has worked since he was 13 years old. He started working in a shoe repair shop with Selmer. Then in high school he worked at the Big Bear Drive-in working there he wrangled 2 black bears but lived long enough to tell the tale of his encounter with bears. After college he student taught art class for high school students and decided he did not want to be a teacher so he decided to work for 34 years as a manual arts therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs first in Fort Meade South Dakota. Then shortly after marriage to love of his life Alexis Marie Johnson they moved to Perry Point, MD then after three years moved to Tomah, WI and retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs then settled in Sidney, NE to work for Finneys and Cabela’s until he fully retired in 2019.

      In his free time he painted and did woodworking and beading.     He also wrote poems and he went to senior solutions and senior hour with ShaNawn Strong. Also teaching his friends and family about Native American Culture and making Native American crafts and making peace pipes for all his kids and grandchildren . Also making dream catchers and taught them how to make dream catchers. He rode a motorcycle for 63 years and only had road rash twice in 63 years. Also a stamp collector and painted for the duck stamp contest. He was a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and School Wisconsin Synod in Tomah, WI. After moving to Sidney, NE he became a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Church. He was a member of Art Guild in Sidney and was actively involved in his daughter Samantha’s sports and things she did in school. 

     He is survived by his daughter Heidi Lepisto (Russ), daughter Heather Gibney (Don), daughter Samantha Timmens (Aaron), granddaughter Hännah Stevenson and great grandson William Stevenson, sister in laws Kerry Verbeck (Jeff) and Billie Westervelt (Tom) and brother in law Myron Compton (Nadine) and many nieces and nephews and cousins. 

     Preceded in death wife Alexis Marie Piehl and sister Colleen Sharon Compton, grandson Richard Scott Gibney, parents Arthur Herman Wilhelm Piehl and Ruth Louise Piehl, grandparents Oscar and Hulda Piehl, Willam and Anna Kohnke and aunts Goldine, Mabel, Nelda, Helen, Erma, Eva, uncles Edmund P. Straschinske, Ervin Ernest Arndt, Elmer Honadel, Everett “Bud” Rickard, Forrest Sieg, and Leonard James Ida.