It took several tries before Art Decio agreed to be a part of it, but an upcoming documentary will look at the local business leader’s life and philanthropy in Elkhart.

The Elkhart Truth reported that WNIT will premiere “Art Decio: A Wonderful Life,” at 8 p.m. on May 25. The program begins with Decio’s early years building prefabricated homes with his father in the family’s garage to his later years as the founder of Skyline Corp., a company that assembles manufactured homes and recreational vehicles.

But next to Decio’s business savvy — which led to Decio being featured on Time magazine in 1965 — the documentary also explores how he gave back to the community.

“Art influenced so many of our lives through his philanthropy,” said Angel Hernandez, who produced the documentary. “You go to IU South Bend in Elkhart, that’s Art. If you go to the Lerner Theatre, that’s Art. If you go to Elkhart General Hospital, that’s Art.”

But he never sought attention for these contributions, Hernandez said. When Decio heard that a woman could not pay for her sick father’s operation, he paid for the procedure and the following therapy without telling her. She only found out when the doctor called to schedule an appointment.

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