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Art Seidler

1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Art Seidler Obituary
ARTHUR ROBERT SEIDLER August 11, 1922 - March 30, 2016 Art was born in a bungalow sized hospital on the banks of the Cedar River in Waterloo, Iowa to Robert Charles Seidler and Erna Seidler. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois where his dad ran a butcher shop in the German section of Chicago. His dad passed away when Art was seven. His mother remarried a man named Sam Arrington. The family moved to Glen Avon California where Art's best friend Bob Heer lived with them on a turkey ranch. Art joined ROTC at Riverside Poly with Bob and their friend Harold Harada, whose family later became famous for being interned even though their son was serving in the American Armed Forces. Art graduated with honors from Poly and moved to downtown Riverside with his friends Maurice Sherril and Johnny Butler. Art worked at Camp Haan as an orderly in the VD ward, where his main job was to keep the patients medicated and away from the hookers who plied their trade nearby in San Bernardino. Art enlisted in the Army Air Corps in March 1942. He trained for the B25 Medium Range bomber and the highest point of his life, one he referred to pretty much every time one would speak to him, was when the government gave him a brand new B25 and orders to fly it from San Francisco to Hawaii, where it would be outfitted with 50 cal machine guns, a bomb bay, and the famous Norton bombsight. Art immediately flew the new plane to Arlington, CA where he buzzed the house of his girlfriend Patricia Smith, who later became his wife and mother to his three children Kurt, Trudy, and Robert. Art completed the maximum number of missions and was ordered back to the mainland. His beloved B25 went out on a search and rescue mission with another pilot, and disappeared. Art returned to Riverside and married Pat. He then went to USC undergrad school of business and law school. He passed the California State Bar, the most difficult written exam in the known universe at that time, and passed it on the first try. Art went on to work for the Riverside District Attorney where he tried murder cases and one bestiality case involving an amorous local sheepherder. He then went to work for the father and son team of Ganahl and Ganahl in Corona, where they built him an office building next door to theirs on Victoria Avenue. Art left the Ganahl firm, moving a total distance of fifteen feet, to practice law with Kurt, his son, for the next thirty six years. Art belonged to just about every service club in Corona. Art found the present home of the Corona Elks Club on East Sixth, where he negotiated the sale of a pizza restaurant to the founding Elks. Art leaves three loving children Kurt (Cindy), Trudy (Dave) and Robert (Karen); grandchildren Carrie, Cassie, Gretchen, Dane, and David. He also leaves five great grandchildren and a plethora of female admirers. Art's memorial service will be on April 23rd at 10AM at Thomas Miller Mortuary in Corona with a reception to follow at the Elks Lodge in Corona. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Corona Regional Medical Center Hospice.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 19 to Apr. 22, 2016
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