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Richard Martin Apkarian

February 16, 1943 March 18, 2018
Richard Martin Apkarian
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Richard Martin Apkarian, age 75

Beloved husband of Paulette.

Loving father of Kristen (Christopher) Vosbikian and Richard (Alexandra) Apkarian Jr.

Cherished grandfather of Alana and Adam Vosbikian and Elizabeth, Katherine and Martin Apkarian.

Richard will also be missed by his extended family and friends.

Visitation Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with Prayers at 6:00 p.m. at St. John Armenian Church, Southfield.

Funeral Service Friday 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flower memorial donations are to St. John Armenian Church or A.G.B.U. Alex & Marie Manoogian School.



Richard Martin Apkarian was born on February 16, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan
to Martin and Varsenick Apkarian. He had one brother, Arthur. Rick's early years were
spent in Detroit where he was educated, played the trumpet, and attended St. John's Church School. He also served as an acolyte. Upon graduation from Ferndale High School in 1960, he joined the Army Reserves and was honorable discharged as a
commissioned officer in 1968. Rick later attended the University of Detroit and then joined the family business, the Highland Park Candy and Tobacco Company.

Following the sale of Highland Park Candy and Tobacco, Rick worked as General Manager of Fontana Brothers, another wholesale candy and tobacco company. Thereafter, Rick and his father purchased the Armen Berry Company, a meat by-products business. With Rick's perseverance, talent for business, and vigorous work ethic, he created Westside Cold Storage, a subsidiary of Armen Berry. At that time, Rick's brother, Arthur, returned to Detroit from Boston and joined the family business.

In 1985, following Martin’s retirement, Rick and Arthur purchased Design Media Technology, an engineering paper and supply company. After fifteen years, Rick and
Arthur acquired Specification Services and Print Graphics, which were specialty printing companies. Rick and Arthur also formed Canvas Graphics, where they sold artist reproductions, invitations, and other event materials.

Following his retirement in 2009, Rick enjoyed living in his condo, where he was
President of the Turnberry Park Condo Association. He also enjoyed his membership at the Detroit Golf Club, special projects meetings, golfing at Kensington, Saturday morning breakfast and Monday night cards.

Rick loved with his heart and soul. He especially loved his wife, Paulette, of forty-three years, his children, Kristen (Christopher) and Richie (Alexandra), and his five grand-children, Alana, Adam, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Marty.

Rick also loved his church and he was a key contributor to the Armenian community. He served as Assistant Superintendent of St. John's Church School, Parish Council Chairman of St. John Armenian Church, Chairman of the Alex and Marie Manoogian School Board, and Chairman of the A.G.B.U. Special Projects Group.

Rick lived, loved, and committed himself to all…. his family, his friends, his
church, and his community. We will miss him dearly.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

22

Mar

5:00 PM 3/22/2018 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/22/2018 8:00:00 PM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States

Service

Thursday

22

Mar

6:00 PM 3/22/2018 6:00:00 PM - 6:15 PM 3/22/2018 6:15:00 PM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States

Visitation

Friday

23

Mar

10:00 AM 3/23/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/23/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States

Service

Friday

23

Mar

11:00 AM 3/23/2018 11:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 3/23/2018 11:30:00 AM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States
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