The Obit For Arthur Billings

Arthur Stover Billings, Jr.
Oct. 29, 1926 to Feb. 28, 2011

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on March 6, 2011

Arthur Stover Billings, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 28, 2011. A native of San Diego, Arthur graduated from La Jolla High School. Arthur then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (before it was the Air Force).

Nicknamed Pee-Wee as a young man, Arthur was a skilled baseball player who played with the Brooklyn Dodgers' farm club and participated in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He was a graduate of San Diego State University, and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. It was at SDSU where he met his beautiful wife, Paula Graf.

Married on August 31, 1952, Art and Paula recently celebrated 58 years of marriage. Arthur worked at Teledyne Ryan for 41 years, serving as Director of Manufacturing.

A Type I diabetic for 58 years, Arthur was also a living legacy. Never believing he would make it to see his 80th birthday, thankfully, as God would have it, Arthur lived to 84, well beyond the average age of Type I diabetics for his time. Kaiser doctors said they had never known anyone who lived that long with diabetes.

Most importantly, Arthur was a gentleman's gentleman. He treated everyone with kindness and respect. He was a family man who loved the Lord, his wife, and children dearly. He enjoyed golf, the horse races, blackjack, history, and Bing Crosby (the Crosby twins asked for a picture with the Pittsburgh Pirate in training).

Arthur is survived by his wife, Paula Graf Billings, three sons, Arthur (Kathy), Ludi (Elsa), and Todd (Christine) Billings, his sister, Johanna Seignious (Dick), four grandchildren, Jason, Justin, Brianna, and Tyler Billings, and numerous family members.

He was a beautiful soul whose spirit continues to touch those he loved.

Services will be held at El Camino Memorial, Sorrento Valley, March 9th, 2011 at noon. If you wish, donations may be sent to San Diego Hospice.