Peter Churukian


Peter Van Churukian, 67, of Decatur, and formerly of Paris, died April 3, 2019, at his home after a short illness.

A private family burial is in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.  

Mr. Churukian was born June 15, 1951, at Terre Haute, Ind., the son of the late Dr. Giragos and Helen Tootikian Churukian.        

Surviving are 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.

Mr. Churukian grew up in Paris where he played the tuba in the Paris High School marching band and graduated from Paris High School in 1969. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Millikin University and remained in Decatur, working first for Bio-Test, Toxigenics and finally Staley.

He was 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, he 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.

Memorial donations may be made to Theatre 7 or the Millikin University scholarship fund.