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November 19, 1923 - January 24, 2011
Archie Arzooyan, a long time resident of Santa Monica, California, died at Cedar-Sinai Hospital after extended efforts. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating from Hope High School near the beginning of WW II, he entered into the Army. On discharge, he moved to So. Cal with his family, and settled in Arcadia, California. He graduated from Los Angeles City College in 1955. He continued a life of learning and expanding his knowledge. He was an outgoing, friendly, reliable and trustful in all his relationships with others. He became a door to door representative of the then new AAA (Auto Club) membership department, retiring after a 19 year successful career, enjoying the many personal contacts. He was the first generation of immigrant parents who were born in Turkey and escaped the Armenian genocide. He was a devout Christian in belief and a life, reflecting Christ's love and compassion in all areas of his life. He was interested in the Armenian Evangelical Church activities in So. Cal. He early on settled in Santa Monica and loved the people living there, and also entered into local church activities. He developed cherished friendships resulting from his many contacts with people he served. He was astute in his personal investments and invested his earnings over the years in multiple residential income properties in Santa Monica, his beloved city, which he managed himself and treated tenants as his personal friends. Archie led a full, active, and productive life.
He is survived by his sister Queenie Vartikian, and niece Nikki Vartikian, and some cousins, and many loyal and cherished friends. He had provided for his closest heirs and ever mindful of his roots, established endowments for his Godly parents, for education of under privileged Armenian youth, church outreach and missions through the auspices of the Armenia Missionary Association of America ("AMAA"), including the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, and the Armenia Evangelical Schools of California, Inc.
Services will be held at the Manchester Chapel in Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 11:30 a.m., located at 3801 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305. Visitation and viewing will be at the above Mortuary address between 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2011. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to any of the above charities, in care of AMAA at 31 W. Century Rd., Paramus, NJ 07652, or to your favorite charity.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2011