Obituary Notices and Memorials


WALLACE, Arthur Ripley
WALLACE, Arthur Ripley 98, was born in Burbank, California, in 1913, and passed away in San Luis Obispo, California, on September 9, 2012. Art was dearly loved and admired by family, friends, and colleagues alike. Early in life he developed his talents in music, playing the trumpet and also developing his wonderful singing voice. He often sang solos in church and elsewhere while accompanied on piano by his sister, Helen. His strong Christian faith and love for the Lord were undeniable and he always credited God for his many blessings. Art was part of a musical family, as his five siblings all played instruments, occasionally playing together at their grandfather's retirement home, as well as at other community events. As a youngster, he even played in a band directed by John Philip Sousa. Art graduated from Inglewood High School and got his start in the construction business by working for a building contractor prior to graduation. In his late twenties, Art joined the U.S. Marines and played trumpet in the Marine band in Southern California until December 7, 1941. Qualified as a sharpshooter with both rifle and pistol, the outbreak of World War II took Art to the South Pacific where he served as a medical corpsman, bandsman, and band leader in campaigns at Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. When asked what crossed his mind when he and his comrades saw the flag raised atop Mt. Suribachi, Art commented, 'We thought they were nuts' (to expose themselves to enemy fire that way). When the cemetery on Iwo Jima was dedicated, Art was the band leader. Upon his discharge in 1945, Art returned to the building trade. Soon after, love came into his life in the person of Virginia Kilby and she became his wife on August 20, 1948. They would go on to spend more than 61 wonderful years together prior to her passing in 2009. Art and Virginia moved to Palmdale around 1950, and Art spent more than five decades there as a general contractor, overseeing construction of many projects in the Palmdale and Lancaster areas, including Palmdale United Methodist Church, where his funeral will be held. He was recognized by everyone as a man of honor and integrity, and as someone who would see things through, whether on the field of battle or when completing a building project as planned. In recognition of Art's deep love for his country, those attending his funeral are invited to wear patriotic colors. Art is survived by his sister, Helen Tiffin, of San Luis Obispo, his niece, Janet Tiffin, his nephew, Rev. John Tiffin (Kathrene), and by 11 nieces and nephews on Virginia's side of the family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, daughter LisĀŽ, sister Lois, and brothers Richard and Graham. Art's funeral is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. West, Palmdale, with burial to follow at Joshua Memorial Park in Lancaster.

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