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Goodbye to my precious brother. The memories remain and
they will be with me the rest of my days. I remember the visit
at the Feline Center where we were able to hold 8 week old
baby tigers - a beautiful moment to share and because you
first introduced me to the facility made this extra special.
God keep you...

Posted by: Mary Ann Stearns - St. Augustine, FL - Brother   Dec 26, 2012

I am very sad to hear about Richard's passing. I am a CNA who helped take care of him at the nursing facility and I really adored him! He was sweet, funny, and always gave us something to laugh about. He will be missed greatly and remembered always. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Posted by: Anonymous - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   Dec 25, 2012
L-R Richard, Christina (Wilson) Dubay, Linda, William & Bill Weisbrod, Joe Wilson, Chuck Wilson (me)

Richard Petraits was a dear friend and neighbor. My brother, sister and I lived with our grandmother across the street at 1640 Auburn. Over the many years Richard and I would visit and talk about the news of the day, the Air Force, and flying. Yes, I went into the Air Force and became a pilot. On many return trips to Indy we would visit with Richard. He was a wonderful friend. The picture included here is from one of

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Posted by: The Wilson Family - Washington DC, DC - Friends and former Neighbors   Dec 24, 2012

May Gods merciful love and the love of family & friends sustain you through your sorrow.

(Isa. 41:10)

Posted by: A friend   Dec 23, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Aways enjoyed our chats when we gathered in the neighborhood. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

Posted by: Richard &Barbara Cotton - Speeday, IN - neighbor & friend   Dec 23, 2012

Pete was a great friend. We lost track over the years.
I would push his American Bantom roadster to get it started for the drive to school. We ran around a lot in those school years.
I accidently set off a lb. of black gun powder, in Petraits garage, fooling around one time. I was burning pretty bad and could not see. Pete got me down and rolled me in the grass to put the fire out. I was months healing from that. I probably owe Richard my life.
I was saddened to here of his passing.
Old friend
Ben Wunder

Posted by: Ben Wunder - Pleasant Hill, OH - Old friend from school days,   Dec 22, 2012

Our prayers of peace and comfort go out to you now and always.

May you, family, find comfort in our Lord and Savior at such a time of sorrow.

Just wanting to let you know that we are thinking of ya'll and offer our condolences.

LOve, Drew and Family (Dawn,James Sr.,Drake, Damien, and James Jr.)

Love You Grandma and Aunt Norma

Posted by: dawn - arabi, LA   Dec 22, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Norma, Cathy and the rest of the family during their time of loss. I remember Uncle Richard as a man of many interests. I enjoyed our conversations related to aviation and I learned alot about Ham radio's and their operation during our short visits. I still remember as a little boy him showing me the proper way to shoot my Bee Bee gun and the best way to hit the target. He was a good Man that will be missed by all.

Posted by: Steven Middleton - Monroe, NC - Nephew   Dec 22, 2012

May Dick rest in Peace. We were good friends at Indiana Bell and had many trying times and many happy ones as well in the Radio Group.

Posted by: Ed Hartgrove - Michigan City, IN - Indiana Bell   Dec 21, 2012

I want you to know you are a wonderful man and you were a wonderful grandfather and great grandfather. You will always be in our hearts and thought of daily. I am proud to call you my grandfather, we love you.

Posted by: Laura woodcock - Indianapolis, IN - Grandfather and great grandpa   Dec 20, 2012