It has been a sad time at Mosaic lately as we have experienced loss in these past two weeks. One man, Arthur Phebus was a part of Mosaic in Northern Indiana almost as long as the agency has served in Michiana. Some of the staff at Mosaic shared their memories of the lively, spirited man.
“Arthur could always tell when a light bulb had burned out even though he was blind. He would yell it out to us every time!” -Amber Roundtree
“I always loved how Arthur wanted to have control of his environment. On one drive to the doctor he had me turn on and off the radio every 30 seconds.” -Sheri Hipschind.
“As far as Arthur goes he was a lovable, crotchety old man. Whenever he wanted something, he would holler. Everyone was NURSE! His favorite things were his hats, glasses, books, pictures and his flashlight. He loved to listen to the show Gunsmoke and he loved parties and lunch. He was one of the founding members of Mosaic moving in to Benham Avenue. He could swear with the best of them! He was a joy to have around and always left me laughing.” – Anne Marie Negri-Budzinski
“Arthur was legally blind, but he had enough vision to see if lights had been turned off or on. We had this thing where I would count to 3 and Arthur would act like he was blowing the lights out and I would flip the switch off or on at the same moment. He would always crack up.
He also liked to come into my office and switch my lamp off and on. He would joke that the light had burned out and tell me to take it outside.
When I met Arthur, he had a Mr. Potato Head that had a pull string that when pulled would say things like, “Hey you kids, get off my lawn!”. He called it Dog.
Arthur loved old timey shows – particularly Gun Smoke. I have heard the intro to Gun Smoke so many times it is burned into my memory!
Arthur could be a VERY grumpy old man, but he was also sweet and loving. He loved to take your hand and kiss it when he was in a good mood. It always warmed my heart when he would lean his head against me and sigh.
At Arthur’s old day program, he would often become bored and act out. Due to that, he was only able to attend half days. When we started our day program in 2009, Arthur began attending full days and experienced many things he had never done before – including riding a horse for the first time!” – Josh Hensley
“I called him the life of the party. He always had something to say. He made people laugh. You could be having a bad day and he would make you laugh. Never a dull moment. I think of the grumpy old men movie with a little Blues Brothers thrown in. I’ve been with him since my first day. He was pretty amazing; everyone loved him- you couldn’t help but love him.” -Sara Halterman