Richard Arab, age 70, died June 26, 2013 in Georgetown, Texas.
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Born in Kobe, Japan , 1943, to Harold and Louisa Arab, Richard immigrated as a British subject to Juneau, Alaska when he was 19 years old. He became a U.S. citizen and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in journalism. Richard worked for the Ketchikan Daily News and Juneau Empire. He then worked and retired as Director of the OSH Division, State of Alaska, Department of Labor, Juneau. After meeting his wife Maria, when both were on a tour of China, they lived in Juneau for several years before moving to Texas. Richard and Maria enjoyed traveling the world and learning about different cultures. Richard was also an accomplished bowler and avid photographer. His kind and patient heart and his sweet spirit were his genuine gift to all who knew him. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Harold, and sister Dulcie Collins.
Richard is survived by his wife Maria; sister, Helen (George) Bonnett; step-children, Roberto (Kathleen) Cueva, Laura Cueva (Scott) Miller and Gabriel (Robyn) Cueva; four step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be held in Texas at a later date.
Published in The Juneau Empire on July 21, 2013