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Arthur B. Derisley

December 8, 1923 July 2, 2010
Arthur B. Derisley
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Arthur B. Derisley of Milford died peacefully in the loving care of his family July 2, 2010. He was 86 years old.

Arthur was born on December 8, 1923 to Heber and Dorothy Derisley, English immigrants who had settled in Detroit. The family moved from Detroit to Big Beaver (now known as Troy) and then to Royal Oak. Following graduation from Royal Oak High School in 1941, Art joined the U.S. Navy and served as a CB in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
While in the service he received a Christmas card signed only: �From a Secret Admirer.� Pursuing the anonymous sender after discharge he met LaRayne A. Lerdahl in 1945. LaRayne had moved from Jackson, Minnesota to Detroit during WWII. Art and LaRayne were married on October 4, 1947. The newly married couple settled in Royal Oak where many friendships where created and flourished during the next many decades. Sons, Brian and Scott, were born in 1951 and 1953, respectively.
Art pursued a college degree at night and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Accounting from Walsh College. Art utilized that degree to support his family working during the day and performing bookkeeping services for clients during the evening. In 1955, he accepted a full time position with a client, Numatics, Inc., located in Milford, Michigan. The Derisley family moved to Milford in 1957. Art was a member of the Milford Masonic Lodge, served as a elder of the Milford Presbyterian Church and was a little league umpire. The family still calls the area �Home.�
As Numatics grew from a small, start-up company to become the leading worldwide manufacturer of industrial air valves, Art held many positions. When he retired in 1990 he was Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the corporation as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Many of Numatics� executives, employees and others professionally touched during his career were not only colleagues, but became long-time friends.
Art served proudly and humbly for 30 years as a trustee of The Carls Foundation, a private foundation created by Numatics� founder, Bill Carls. He served as President and Treasurer of the Foundation following Mr. Carls� death in 1995 until today.
Art loved family and friends. He and LaRayne often hosted gatherings at their home, and always looked forward to Christmas Eve when he wore his Christmas-red socks and tie that played Jingle Bells. He enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July � first by watching the parade in downtown Milford followed by many laughs and smiles with friends and family; ending the day watching the fireworks light up the sky over Lake Sherwood in front of his home.
Art is survived by LaRayne, his loving wife of 62 years; sons Brian (Liz) Derisley and Scott (Shari) Derisley; grandsons Ryan (Erin), Justin, Jonathan, Chris and Andy; great granddaughter Ella; brother, George (Lois) and extended family and dear friends who were lucky and blessed to have him in their lives.

Funeral Service to be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, Wednesday 11 AM with gathering beginning at 10 AM. Rev. Deborah V. Kerr officiating. Friends may visit Tuesday 3-9 PM. Memorials to Milford Presbyterian Church.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248.684.6645.


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