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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  1. Dear Retha, Thank you for introducing me to Art and for the beautiful moments we got to spend with him. You are in my thoughts all the time…

  2. Art, how many great times we had in all the many years we knew you? I remember when Retha met you it was all over for her. Your lives would never be the same. You were a man with many great interest and a tremendous love for life. Every one who ever met you will remember that event. You will always be in my thoughts as a unique and wonderful man. May your soul, and the souls of all the departed, though the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace. John

  3. On Behalf of Aspen, our hearts and prayers go out to you in this difficult time. May God bless you and your family.

  4. Reatha, My heart is with you, I wish you the best in this diffucult time. I am greatful I had the chance to meet Art even if it was only a couple of times, I could tell he was a wonderful man and enjoyed his company. I’m sure his spirit will live with all who new him. Wishing you the best, Tim

  5. I can remember the first time I met Art; downtown St. Louis on an HP business trip. He knew the best restaurants and had the best stories! LaRon and I always looked forward to his tag alongs with Retha. Art, you will be missed! My deepest sorrows go to the Petruzates family.

  6. Retha: I finally met Art last year in Chicago. I am so glad I had that chance. The love between the two of you was so obvious and will continue on in you. You and your whole family have my deepest sympathy.

  7. Art you were a wonderful neighbor and a great source of joy for our family. Our girls will miss their “P” and we will miss your smile, good humor and wonderful conversation.

  8. Arthur, I miss you. I know you needed to go because you were so tired, but whenever you asked me what I would do when you were gone, I would say “don’t go”. And I really didn’t want you to go, but at least you went so beautifully and so peacefully. You are the love of my life.

  9. Good morning, Arthur – I miss you. You always asked, what will you do when I’m gone, and I always said, DON’T GO! But I know you had to – it was time, you were so very tired. Today we’re having a party for you – with your favorite things. At 7:00 pm tonight we’ll be toasting the man who was the love of my life. Thank you for all the beautiful memories.

  10. To Dear Arthur, I’ll miss your stories and smiles. You always had a welcome hug and open arms for me and my family. I’m so glad that we could all come to see you in early May and have one last get together. You took my kids to the lookout point and shared your home and we feasted. I’ll miss you and will try to look after Retha as best I can. You Ol’ Poop! Love Judy (TJ Boss GiGi)

  11. I always thought I was really living the life when you took me to The Twin Lakes Club… pretty big stuff for a small town girl! Your talks with me about furthering my education have not been forgotten…and I always think of you when I hear “Sunrise Serenade” … You were quite the Arthur P !! … Feisty but charming, obstinate but funny, and no one was a stranger to you…I will always remember the week we spent together nursing Retha P back to health… and our talks. Last year’s trip to Italy was a treasure and I am so glad we were able to share it with both of you. So many years of great memories … you will be missed by everyone who knew you. I still have your martini glass, and the bottle of vermouth you left here in November…if you come back to get it, please don’t scare me! I will have to get me sum dat “haint blue” paint, in the GeeChee tradition! Love, KIM

  12. Retha and family – Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and may the love you have for Art be stronger than ever and help you find comfort in all your memories you have with him. Love, Glenda

  13. I have tears as I think of such a beautiful soul leaving this earth. I have tears, but there’s a smile, because of the sparkle in Retha’s eyes when she talks about her Art. You’ll be missed Art… even by those who only knew you through those you loved.

  14. Art was a great person and I loved him. He taught me about compassion and dedication while stressing the importance of education, decision making and sharing. Art lived and finished his life here on his own terms. The common bonds of sailing, eating, drinking, music and philosophy allowed us to spend many enjoyable hours together. While it was difficult the last few days (and still is at this time) for me to speak or write to Art about how much he meant to me, Art will always be with me in my heart and actions. Hopefully, he will be with you as well. Sincerely, Alan Staley

  15. Dear Retha, I was very sad when I heard the news about Art’s passing. I feel priveledged that I was able to get to know Art the few times I met him. My fondest memory, of course, is the evening I came to Playa del Rey and you, Art, Susan and I spent a wonderful evening together. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Mike

  16. Dear Retha & family, I never had the opportunity to meet Art, but I feel like I saw a reflection of him every time I was around Retha – your shared love and passion for life was always so clearly evident! Please know that I’m thinking of you as you celebrate a life lived wonderfully!

  17. Grandpa, I miss you very much, and I hope you are having a great time in heaven watching all of us. See you in 70 years or so. I will love you and miss you forever.

  18. Retha My condolences. I met Art only once in an HP event and from what I saw he had a good life. No all we have are the memories. Regards Haim David

  19. Art, We know death is certain, yet it remains hard to accept that you are gone. I will miss your smiling face. Retha, May your memories and the love that surrounds you be a source of comfort at this time. Linda

  20. Dear Grandpa Art, Ever since I was a little child you have helped me with my education and responsibilities. My first memories that I can recall of you were when you and grandma Retha lived on Pepperwood Dr. and I was being a naughty four year old and I can’t remember what I was doing, but it was wrong. I didn’t have my way so I bite you and you promptly kicked me in my behind! – I learned my lesson. Also while we were there we always looked in the paper to see how many stars we had for the day under our horoscope page. There was also the time when I came home sick from school and you thought that I was faking as I liked to do and you let me rest anyways, good thing too because it ended up I had chicken pox! Then there were the times I would go into the computer room and make a mess… from drawing, making paper things, and playing … if it wasn’t picked up by the time you were home…well you made sure I got it clean before anything else! You also entertained everyone with Friendy, Handy, and Mr. Rhino, you hand puppets. When we were in the car you always like to Wongo, and I did too! Then when we lived in the Fountain Circle area you would always give Zayne her peculiar bath and have tea parties with her. When we moved yet again to the College Hill area you would always tell me about war stories and how if there was a war again there would be a draft… which terrified me. When I moved to South Carolina you and grandma came to visit around Thanksgiving. You got a few pictures of me when I was at work, school, and home. Then, sadly I didn’t get to see you until few years later… when I moved in with you and grandma! You helped me with my college choosing as well as helped me pay for it. We would often go down to Moe’s Dinner when grandma was out of town even though you almost never finished your sandwich and would never eat leftovers. You always tried to pay with your ABA card… mom and I always had to convince you that it wasn’t a credit card. Every now and then I’d get you a few small hamburgers from Mc Donald’s because you could finish those. Remember when you, Camus, Silvia and I would go out to eat after school? They asked questions about you every time I would see them in class. They thought that you were a really cool grandpa! I think you are a wonderful grandpa too. I want you to know, where ever you are, that everyone misses you, everyone loves you, and we will always remember you! Love, Brent

  21. Hey Art! I miss all your stories and hanging out with you! I remember when you and the kids used to dress up at holloween in Kansas and had tea parties with them as well. It was always fun to have you around and I will miss you! Love, Cina Staley

  22. Retha, thankyou so much for sharing Arthur with us. It was allways a pleasure to see him. Our prayers are with you and your family. Sinceely The Gang at Crawford printing.

  23. So sorry to hear of Art’s passing. I will always remember the love between Art and Retha… one of those special relationships between special people. Mike

  24. We remember the first time when Arthur and you came into the store when we just started this business. Arthur came in with a very friendly smile and patted our back wishing us good luck. We can never forget that. We are certain that his soul is resting in peace.

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