William G. Arthur
Arthur, William G.
87, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away July 20, 2011. An aviator since his first flying lesson at 13, Bill was a WWII Army Air Corps flight instructor, a pilot in the Air National Guard, a long-time civilian instructor, and a passionate private pilot. He was an enthusiastic member of the Commemorative Air Force, the Air Force Association and the AZ Aviation Historical Society. Flying didn't define Bill, but dancing "the skies on laughter-silvered wings" was his favorite pastime and his fondness for airplanes and aviation history was legendary.He was a lifetime citizen servant-leader. Moving to Scottsdale from Indiana in 1957, Bill was steeped in civic affairs. His many affiliations included 19 years on the Scottsdale Planning and Zoning Commission; the Maricopa Co. Highway Commission; and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Board. He started the Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission and served as its chair for 6 years. He worked tirelessly to extend the airport runway that helped the Scottsdale Airport and surrounding Airpark become an economic magnet for the Valley. As a Board member of many charitable organizations such as Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped, he offered expertise in financial and construction matters. A Lifetime Member of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow, Bill was vitally interested in Rotary's work to eradicate polio and distribute wheelchairs. He was selected for the first Arizona Governor's Commission to Employ the Handicap. He was a long-time member of Scottsdale Methodist Church and later a member of Paradise Valley Methodist Church. Although he worked in industrial relations and human resources for U.S. Rubber, Wayne Paper Box, Kaiser Corporation, and Nuclear Corporation, he was an entrepreneur at heart, and as a builder developer with loving wife, Ann, he built pools, custom homes, subdivisions, and the Thunderbird Suites Hotel. Bill will always be fondly remembered and admired by his family and friends not only for his love and support but also for his optimism, creativity, resilience, and perseverance. He is survived by his wife and partner of 66 years, Annetta "Ann, " his children, Bill Jr., Andrea Michaels and his son-in-law, David Michaels, all of Scottsdale; by his 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren in Virginia, by his sister, Jean Lachot, and brothers Jack Arthur and Jerry Arthur. A celebration of his life will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Salvation Army.

Published by The Arizona Republic from Jul. 24 to Jul. 27, 2011.
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Out of sight, but not forgotten. RIP old friend.
Arvin Schultz
July 20, 2021
Jim Soudriette
Acquaintance
July 18, 2020
I can picture a joyous reunion! Bill & Ann left our world much the better!
Billy & Cheryl Walker
July 25, 2015
The vivacious love of his life, Ann, is with him now. What wonderful, long lives they had! Blessed by the love of their family and many, many friends, they weathered the storms together, each gaining strength from each other and gaining the admiration of all who knew them. Ann, charming till the very end, like Bill remained active and fully engaged in this life until she passed on. What a legacy these Arizonans have left us, their survivors!
July 24, 2015
Just 2 years after your leaving us, your good buddy and brother-in-law, Jay Lachot, has joined you. and this week we'll celebrate his life. I miss you so much, and I treasure the wealth of happy memories you gave me - and all of us. Thanks for being such a terrific Daddy!
Andrea Michaels
September 11, 2013
Andrea Michaels
November 6, 2011
Andrea Michaels
November 6, 2011
Andrea Michaels
November 6, 2011
Dear Ann,
I am very sorry to learn of Bill's passing. I will always remember and treasure the times in Flagstaff when all the neighbors got together for a Potluck on your back porch overlooking the lake. I will also remember Bill as a kind, patient, man. I will keep you in my prayers.
Mary Helen Hildebrandt
October 23, 2011
Andrea and Family....BUT HE SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. Thanks, Olde Buddy, I will look for you on the other side!
Jim Soudriette
October 12, 2011
Have a beautiful transition from this world into the next.

Love,
Your neighbor, Joan Price
October 12, 2011
Dear Ann & Family, So sad to have to miss The Service for Bill this Sat. Know you all are my thoughts and prayers. I'll see you in Nov.
Love to you all, Jenny Stroup
October 12, 2011
"As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time
for it." (Prov. 25:11) May you find comfort and peace of mind from God's word the bible. Marion AZ.
October 10, 2011
Dear Bill, You have been a great friend for many many years. We have so valued your great friendship and we will miss you at the Beach. Love, Bob and Jean Parkinson
October 3, 2011
Dear Ann and family: Pete and I enjoyed knowing both you and Bill so much. Our many conversations of flying and Best Western are something that I have never forgotten. I am in hopes that Pete was there to greet Bill when he arrived and they are both teaching the new angels how to fly.
Mary Lou Wurts
October 3, 2011
"A true companion is loving all the time, and is a brother that is born for when there is distress."-Proverbs 17:17.
Mayra
October 3, 2011
Arthur, William G.
87, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away July 20, 2011. An aviator since his first flying lesson at 13, Bill was an Army Air Corps flight instructor during WWII, a pilot in the Air National Guard, a long-time civilian instructor, and a passionate private pilot. He was an enthusiastic member of the Commemorative Air Force, the Air Force Association and the AZ Aviation Historical Society. Flying didn't define Bill, but dancing "the skies on laughter-silvered wings" was his favorite pastime and his fondness for airplanes and aviation history was legendary. He was a lifetime citizen servant-leader. Moving to Scottsdale from Fort Wayne in 1957, Bill was steeped in civic affairs. His many affiliations included 19 years on the Scottsdale Planning and Zoning Commission, the Maricopa Co. Highway Commission, and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Board. He started the Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission and served as its chair for 6 years. He worked tirelessly to extend the airport runway that helped the Scottsdale Airport and surrounding Airpark become an economic magnet for the Valley. As a Board member of many charitable organizations such as Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped, he offered expertise in financial and construction matters. A Lifetime Member of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow, Bill was vitally interested in Rotary's work to eradicate polio and distribute wheelchairs. He was selected for the first Arizona Governor's Commission to Employ the Handicap. He was a long-time member of Scottsdale Methodist Church and later a member of Paradise Valley Methodist Church. Although he worked in industrial relations and human resources for U.S. Rubber, Wayne Paper Box, Kaiser Corporation, and Nuclear Corporation, he was an entrepreneur at heart, and as a builder developer with loving wife, Ann, he built pools, custom homes, subdivisions, and the Thunderbird Suites Hotel. He and Ann enjoyed world travel and their summers in Flagstaff. Bill will be fondly remembered and admired by his family and friends not only for his love and support but also for his optimism, creativity, resilience, and perseverance. He is survived by: his wife and partner of 66 years, Annetta “Ann”; his children, Bill Jr., Andrea Michaels, and son-in-law, David Michaels, all of Scottsdale; his 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren in Virginia; his sister, Jean Lachot, and his brothers, Jack Arthur and Jerry Arthur. A celebration of his life will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Salvation Army.
Andrea Michaels
September 21, 2011
John Michaels
August 28, 2011
John Michaels
August 21, 2011
A Celebration of Bill Arthur's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 15th, 2011 at the Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Reception follows.
Andrea Michaels
August 18, 2011
Dave Michaels
August 11, 2011
Bill Arthur
August 10, 2011
I believe I remember this Bill Arthur. If he is the nephew of my deceased step father, Joseph F. Smith, married to my mother Neta Decker Stults, he would be the one. He helped me find employment when I moved from Fort Wayne, IN to Phoenix, AZ. A wonderful man whom I appreciated very much.
Marion Stults
July 31, 2011
Bill Arthur was a benevolent and kind man. To say he will be missed is an understatement. His love of aviation never diminished, even with the pain and suffering he endured. To my friend, Blue Sky's and tailwinds on your journey west.
Arv Schultz
July 26, 2011
Blue Skies & Warm-Soft Tailwinds with a Bright Star to Steer By on your Flight West Bill. You will be missed!
Billy Walker
July 26, 2011
Although I left Arizona many years ago, I have never forgotten my friends Anne and Bill Arthur. Anne, you have my deepest sympathy at this sorrowful time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bill was such a special man: thoughtful and honorable, a man who loved his wife and family, was dedicated to serving his city, state and country, always ready to help a neighbor and friend. He will certainly be missed. Rest in peace, Bill.
Joyce Hall
July 25, 2011
What a wonderful man and beloved friend to so many. Although he will be deeply missed here on earth, the heavens are rejoicing and celebrating his arrival. He doesn't need wings to dance anymore, his feet are gracefullly carrying him across the floor. Ann, you and your family are in our thoughs and prayers. Melissa Hallstrom Lane
July 24, 2011
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