With the sound of the klaxon and the order to dive,
He went deep beneath the ocean to keep peace alive.
As the Nation’s sentinel in Poseidon’s domain,
His vigil he stood and never complained.
When the klaxon sounded for his very last dive,
He slid silently under to be at God’s side.
He will be missed by his loved ones, but his shipmates know,
He now serves in God’s Navy on his Final Patrol.
Michael Arterburn MT2(SS)
USS. Ulysses S. Grant SSBN 631 Gold
Obituary for Michael Nell Arterburn
Michael Nell Arterburn of Claremont, California passed away on June 12, 2015. He was the eldest son of Nello Renic and Dorothy Mae (Schaumburg) Arterburn. Born on December 21, 1944 in Watseka, Illinois. He spent his formative years in Columbus, Indiana and graduated from Columbus North High School in 1962.
He served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Force from 1962-1969 and made nine Deterrent Patrols which he considered his proudest accomplishment. While in the Navy, he married Judith Erma Wright of St. Jacob, Illinois on August 3, 1968.
He studied Aerospace Engineering at Northrup Institute in Inglewood, California. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1974.
Over his life he was a Teacher, Tutor, Computer Engineer, Fabricator, Real Estate Broker, College Administrator and owner of several business' under the name of Arterburn Enterprises including a Pet & Plant Care, Software Solutions, Growth Masters and Math Masters and owned a private investigation business with his brother.
He loved his family dearly, led a good life and had no regrets. He believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and was confirmed in 1958 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus, Indiana.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his younger brothers Donald Ray and Richard Allen Arterburn and his nephew John William Arterburn.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judith, of 46 years; one daughter, one grandson, one sister, one brother, two sisters-in-law, five nephews, four nieces.
His ashes will be spread at sea. In lieu of flowers, family and friends may donate in his name for a good cause or to the U.S.S. Ulysses S. Grant Alumni Association, P.O. Box 187, Hammonton, NJ 08037
Response by Ed Farris - U.S.S. Ulysses S. Grant Alumni Association President
As noted in the Alumni Association By-Laws, Michael was the founder of the U.S.S. Grant Forum, the predecessor of this Alumni Association. While we both served on the Ullysses S. Grant, we did not serve at the same time. My knowledge of Michael, was only through the reunions. He was passionate about his beliefs and committed to his causes. His love for both Judy and the U.S.S. Grant were obvious. He will be greatly missed and highly revered.
Fair Winds and Following Seas...
A bell tolls mournfully as another submariner’s soul
Answers the roll call for eternal patrol
A silent behemoth surfaces upon a wave
Another of its own to save
Her hull shines with an ethereal glow
She opens her hatches and bids him down below
In wonderment he crosses her shimmering brow
A new billet in her crew awaits him now
All aboard her have heard their own bell toll
And sailed in her crews both blue and gold
Their Dolphins aglow and with the captain’s decree
They set the watch and prepare for sea
Once the hatches are shut and securely dogged
His assignment to the crew is duly logged
This done the boat trembles and comes alive
As the klaxon sounds the command to dive
Once more she patrols this denizen of the deep
Her mission a crew of souls to keep
When the bell tolls again for another submariner’s demise
Up from the depths the US Grant will arise
When at last her final crew list is complete
She’ll join the rest of God’s eternal fleet
And once she is safely moored on His golden shores
The command will be given, “Sailors, rest your oars”
By Jim Sechrest MT1(SS)
USS US Grant SSBN 631 G/B
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