August 12, 1925 ~ July 29, 2007
Petruzates, Arthur Paul, a 6 year resident of Playa Del Rey, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Playa Del Rey.
Born in Eagle River, Wisconsin, Arthur was 81 when he died. Arthur went directly from his high school senior class to serve in the Navy during World War II, taking his basic training in Great Lakes, IL, with further training at the Hospital Corp School in San Diego Naval Hospital, and then serving at the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, MA, Dental Tech School in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, RI.
After discharge from the Navy, Arthur completed undergraduate degrees at Washington University and St. Louis University Law School, and then earned his LLB at Blackstone College of Law. Arthur had a lifelong passion for seeking knowledge and education and most recently was enrolled in advanced classes in Conflict Resolution in order to develop his skills as a Mediator. He was a member of the American Bar Association.
Arthur considered St. Louis, MO his hometown, but moved to Wichita, KS in 1954 and worked for Cessna Aircraft Company until 1982 at which time he took early retirement to begin general aviation consultation for local companies such as Brittain Machine Company. While at Cessna his positions included HR Manager, Procurement Director and Production Manager. Arthur was one of the founders of Kansas Manufacturers Association, a group of small business suppliers to the aviation industry. He also served on the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Aviation Research for Wichita State University.
Arthur was a member of Congregational Church of the Messiah, Westchester, CA, transferring from the University Congregational Church of Wichita, KS.
Arthur's love of airplanes led him to accept the job with Cessna Aircraft and he soloed for the first time in April 1962. He was also an avid sailor, and in recent years spent many hours watching the constant stream of sailboats pass through his line of sight over the channel of Marina Del Rey.
Arthur was a member of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Kansas, Sunflower Chapter #86, and was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters.
He is survived by his wife, Retha Petruzates of Playa Del Rey, CA, Daughter, Pamela Chiles of Wichita, KS, Daughter, Paula Matson of Wichita, KS, Son, Alan Staley of Overland Park, KS, Daughter, Cecina Staley of Playa del Rey, CA, Brother, William Aye of Yorba Linda, CA, Sister, Marlene Haag of St. Louis, MO and Sister, Alice Horack of St. Louis, MO. as well as nine grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. Arthur was preceded in death by his Father, Peter Petruzates , Step-father William Aye and Mother, Virginia Petruzates.
Memorial Services will be held in Wichita, Kansas, Sunday, August 19th, 3:00 pm, University Congregational Church, 9209 E. 29th, Wichita, KS 67226.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the America Cancer Society.
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