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Richard "Dick" Arthur Petit

Richard "Dick" Arthur Petit, 86, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on 06 March 2021.

The Funeral was a private family service on Thursday, 11 March 2021 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Josh Whinston officiated.

Click here to join the ZOOM funeral service at 2:00 p.m.

Shivah services will take place Thursday, March 11th through Wednesday March 17th at 7:30 p.m. excluding Friday, March 12th. Please click here to view each Zoom shivah service.

Born May 1st, 1934 to Mary & Arthur Petit of Erie, PA, Richard “Dick” Arthur Petit led a varied and rich life. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He attended Edinboro college after serving his country, then Cleveland Institute of Art. He later earned a Masters degree at Wayne State University, where he designed and built the Ginetta GTP sports car.

He worked as a Designer at Ford Motor Company for 38 years, achieving the roles of Design Manager and Design Chief. He was a valuable player on various design and engineering teams, having an impact on many vehicles. He also worked at Ford offices across the globe, in England, Italy, and Japan. One of his major career accomplishments was working on the design of the Ford logo.

Richard enjoyed sipping chardonnay with friends, skiing, playing tennis, woodworking, fishing, baking bread, watching both University of Michigan and Michigan State University sports, and listening to jazz. He especially loved participating in these activities with his children, family, and friends. In his younger years he was a water polo player, rode dirt bikes with friends, and played both trumpet and piano. He was personable, intelligent, and loved to meet new people. Two of his proudest achievements are his children.

Richard, aged 86, passed comfortably in his Ann Arbor home on Saturday, March 6th, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, as well as his younger brother William Petit. He leaves behind his children Aaron (Alicia) and Shayna Petit, sister Marilyn Hultberg, former wife and mother of his children Ruth Shumacher Petit, and his nieces and nephews. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25 people inside and 50 at graveside.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Richard "Dick" Arthur Petit may do so by making a contribution to:

Parkinson's Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800
Miami, FL 33131
(941) 870-4438
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Arbor Hospice Foundation
2366 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Click to Visit Charity Website