April 16, 2019 at 10:30am

Memorial for Peter V. Churukian​ ’73

Peter Van Churukian of Decatur, IL, passed away on April 3, 2019, at his home after a short illness.  Peter was born in Terre Haute, IN, on June 15, 1951, a son of Dr. Giragos and Helen (Tootikian) Churukian. Peter grew up in Paris, IL, where he played the tuba in the Paris High School marching band, graduating in 1969. In 1973, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Millikin University. After graduation, Peter remained in Decatur, working first for Bio-Test, then Toxigenics, and finally Staley.

Peter was very active in Theatre 7 for many years, serving as actor, director, producer, president, treasurer, archivist, and party planner extraordinaire. He enjoyed trips to New York to see shows, visiting family in Cleveland and California, and touring Hollywood and Los Angeles. He also contributed to a family memoir, Never Settle for Second Best by his brother, George. A world traveler, Peter was grateful to see many countries with his parents, including their place of birth, Kessab, Syria. He will be remembered for his engaging restaurant reviews, appreciation of theater and film, witty sense of humor, love of the Cubs, and pride in his Armenian heritage.

Peter is survived by his brother George (Carol) Churukian; nephews Greg Levonian and Chris (Emily Warmerdam) Levonian; nieces Julie Levonian, Ann (James Costopoulos) Churukian, Martha (David Bales) Churukian, and Alice (William Slechta) Churukian; and four grand-nephews: Michael Bales, and Matthew, Paul, and Theo Levonian.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother-in-law Miriam Betty and Puzant Levonian.

There will be a private family burial in Mayfield Heights, OH.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Theatre 7 or the Millikin University scholarship fund, in Decatur IL.


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