RUDOLPH “RUDY” ARIAL
Rudy was reunited with his wife, Fritzi, when he passed away peacefully in the presence of his beloved family on December 18, 2019. Rudy spent the last weeks of his life in the loving care of his granddaughter's family in Henderson, NV. Born on July 12, 1930 in Hawaii, Rudy was the first born child of Manuel and Minnie Arial. He was eleven years old when Japanese planes flew over Kolekole Pass on their way to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His friend was shot in the foot as the planes came directly overhead. Rudy was married to Fritzi Aton for 65 years. He lived in the Kunia and Mililani communities most of his life and was a friend to many. Rudy retired from Del Monte Corporation after 52 years of devoted service. An active union leader, Rudy also dedicated many hours to leadership in the community credit union. He was a skillful driver and taught many to safely drive huge pineapple trucks. Rudy was a talented, self-taught professional musician and could play many instruments including guitar, steel guitar, ukulele, bass, and drums. He was a sought-after band member in jazz, big band and Hawaiian ensembles. He loved to accompany his wife Fritzi while she danced the hula. He adored his extended family and enjoyed playing music with them at the beach and in their homes. Rudy received an "Island Musician of the Year" award before moving to Utah to live with his son and family. Rudy was a quiet, gentle, and dignified man who said little but thought much. He was a calming influence for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They loved being in his peaceful Christ-like presence and spent many hours with him working on puzzles and listening to his stories. He loved his family above all else. At age 89, Rudy was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his son. He read the Book of Mormon and knew it was true. He was a faithful man who believed in the power of prayer. He is survived by his only son, Rudolph "Rick" (Bette) Arial, Jr.; four grandchildren: Christian, Creighton (Kelly), Tia (Andrew) Fackrell, Cameron (Jamie); 15 great grandchildren: Drake, McKinna, Dylan, Alyse, Ian, Ari, Fiona, Ove, Asa, Indy, Beck, Lincoln, Cache, Golden, and Mable; two sisters Loretta Arial Edmunds and Eleanor Arial (Percy) Ching. He was preceded in death by his wife Frisidicion "Fritzi" Aton, one brother Gilbert (Mercy) Arial and one sister Rose Marie Arial (Tony) Ferreira. An intimate family graveside service took place at Tonaquint Cemetery in St. George, Utah on December 23, 2019.
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