Dr. Arthur Art E. McMahon Jr., 84, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit after a lengthy illness. Memorial services will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, (May 3, 2008) at Trinity Lutheran Church 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with Rev. Jim Magelssen officiating. A luncheon will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. He donated his body to the University of Iowa for medical research. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, The Humane Society of North Iowa, and Hospice of North Iowa.
Arthur Emerson McMahon, Jr. was born July 28, 1923 in Oscaloosa, Iowa to Dr. Arthur E. and Myrtle May (Jennings) McMahon. He was raised in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school. He attended junior college in St. Petersburg, Florida, and then completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. Art continued on to medical school at the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 1948 before specializing in internal medicine. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was in active service three times, including during the Korean Conflict. Art married Martha Suzanne Colflesh on June 14, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa.
He came to Mason City in 1954, where he practiced for more than 40 years at Park Clinic and Mason City Clinic. Art was chief medical examiner for Cerro Gordo County approximately 25 years. He was past-president of the Cerro Gordo Medical Society and also served on committees at the state level. He served as a deacon and trustee at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Art was instrumental in founding the ice hockey program in Mason City. He coached youth teams and helped establish the local hockey referee program. He was involved with negotiations and fund-raising that led to construction of the indoor hockey facility, and helped bring the Junior A Huskies team to Mason City.
He was a loyal fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, and a long-suffering fan of the Chicago Cubs. Art had a life-long love affair with Half Moon Lake in Wisconsin, where he enjoyed walking a special four-legged friend, Tia.
Art is survived by his wife, Martha McMahon; three sons, Mike McMahon and his wife Pat of Urbandale, Iowa, Steve McMahon of Mason City, Iowa, and Bob McMahon of Lakewood, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kate Campbell and her husband Brice of Shakopee, Minnesota, and Scott McMahon of Des Moines, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Braden Campbell of Shakopee, Minnesota; two sisters, Mary Martha Butler and her husband David of Richfield, Minnesota and Helen Teeple, her husband Dick of Belgrade, Montana, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Art was preceded in death by a brother, John; and his father and mother.
Memorial Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church.