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[Photo] Arthur Thomas "Tom" Huntley

Arthur Thomas "Tom" Huntley, 779th

09 June 2005

   Arthur "Tom" Huntley passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on 9 June 05.
   Beloved son of Arthur Thomas Huntley Sr. and Florence Avery MacKiddi Huntley; Tom was born in West Los Angeles on 23 April 23. He attended Fairfax High School and Cal Arts.
   The sight of a P-38 flying over his home during WWII inspired Tom to enlist in the Army Air Corps, where his love of flight took off. He served with the 464th Bombardment Group, in Italy, as a B-24 Belly Gunner. Planes were his passion, owning several with his airport buddies. Tom also built planes; his Nieuport XII is on permanent display in the EAA Museum of Oshkosh, WI.
   Tom had an inborn sense of aesthetic beauty, in art, nature and his wife Rosemarie "Suzie" Huntley, whom he married 23 June 51. His hands could express his art - from fabricating a violin to creating fine furniture - his trade and craft. Tom's furniture has been displayed at the New York Metropolitan Museum and has furnished the homes of celebrities.
   Tom is survived by his wife Rosemarie, sons Mark T. Huntley and David T. Huntley, M.D., daughters-in-law Debra and Lisa; grandchildren Stacey, Marcie and Scott.
   Family and friends were asked to attend a Celebration of Life in lieu of flowers.

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