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Harold Arutunian


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Harold Arutunian Obituary
January 25, 1928 - July 8, 2016 Harold Arutunian of Playa Del Rey passed away Friday, July 8th at the age of 88. Born in Los Angeles, he was the second of three children of Victor and Mary Arutunian, immigrants from Armenia. After graduating from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles in 1946, he enrolled at the University of Southern California and was selected for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Upon his graduation from USC Business School in 1950, he entered the United States Marine Corps Officers Basic School at Quantico, VA. Harold served proudly in the Korean War and rose to the rank of Captain before resigning in 1957 with an honorable discharge. Upon resignation from the Marine's, he went into business with his father in the produce industry. He remained in the produce and food distribution business his entire life (Redi-Spuds of America and Astro Food Service, Inc.). In 1964, Harold married the love of his life, Verena Aregger of Switzerland and they raised two children together in Playa Del Rey. Harold was married for 27 years until the passing of his beloved wife Verena in 1991. He was well known in the Westchester-Playa Del Rey community for giving Hot Dogs and French Fries to trick-or-treaters both young and old every Halloween for the past 49 years. Harold's passion was spending time and cruising on his boat. Avalon was a very special place to Harold and was his first choice to spend free time during the summer months. He was a long time active member of the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey and the Catalina Island Yacht Club in Avalon until his passing. He was very proud of his service in the United States Marine Corp and enjoyed attending the 1st Marine Regiment and 7th Basic Class reunions. Family and friends were extremely important to Harold, and all throughout his life this remained his priority. He is survived by his sister Harriet Kevorkian, daughter Felicia (Mark) Cuneo, son Todd (Julie) Arutunian, four grandchildren Rachel, Sean, Jessica, Danielle, niece Kim, and nephew Gary whom he loved and was loved by, very much. Harold will be remembered by all that knew him as a gentle, generous, and honorable man. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Harold's name to one of his favorite charities, (www.stjude.org), Marines Memorial Association (www.marineclub.com) or the Coast Guard Foundation (www.coastguardfoundation.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 15 to July 17, 2016
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