"NOTICE OF BOB PETLEY PASSING" Robert Teeple Petley died July 7, 2006. Born November 11, 1912, in Akron, Ohio, Robert T. Petley is the son of Herbert and Edna Teeple Petley. Hisfather was an inventor and product developer for the Goodrich Tire and
Rubber Company, where he helped pioneer the balloon tire. As a small boy, Bob moved with his mother, to the home of his maternal grandparents. As a boy, he worked on his grandfather's dairy farm near Akron, and later drove a milk truck during summer vacations. After attending King Elementary School, he entered Akron's West High School, where he played football, threw the javelin, and was in constant demand as a designer of posters and banners publicizing school events. Bob was a boxer of unusual talent and one of his proudest accomplishments was winning the regional Golden Gloves title in 1931 while attending Culver Military Academy. He later coached boxing in Chicago. He entered Hiram College (Ohio) in 1933, and graduated with an A.B. degree in 1937. His college activities included football and track. He was a member of Sigma Delta Psi, a national honorary athletic fraternity. During the years between 1937 and 1943, Bob sold candy for the Life Saver Company, promoted a national marbles tournament for Scripps-Howard Newspapers, sold shirts for Cluett-Peabody Co., and worked for Fisher Body Division, illustrating repair procedures for the B-29 Bomber. On July 10, 1942, he was married to Kathlyn Niles, and in 1943, because of persistent problems with arthritis, they moved to Arizona where he was hired by Fred Myers of the Arizona Republic and Gazette, and was on staff in the display advertising department of the paper, and remained on the staff for three years. Bob was too full of energy and ambition to settle for a desk job. He could foresee a huge market for tourist postcards as soon as wartime travel restrictions were
lifted, so he left the Republic, and from his home, with twelve black and white humorous postcards he created, he started his postcard company, Petley Studios, Inc., which would later become the nations largest publisher and distributor of scenic color postcards, with an annual sales exceeding 25,000,000 pieces through 3500 dealers in Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas, southwestern Colorado, and eastern California. In addition to Petley Studios, Inc., Bob owned retail stores in Ouray and Silverton, Colorado. Today, several of Bob's early postcards are now collector's items, many of which are now on display at the Smithsonian Institute. One of his most famous postcards was that of the Jackalope. He was a member of Scottsdale Masonic Lodge #43 and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason of The Phoenix Consistory. Bob is survived by his daughter Vicky Petley and grandson Brandon Reid Petley. He also had a son, Robert who died at the age of 45. A funeral service will be held, Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 10:00 AM at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road. The family requests that any contributions be sent to Americare Hospice, 1103 S. Mesa Drive, Ste 2, Mesa, AZ 85210. Sign the Guest Book at eastvalleytribune.com Published in the East Valley Tribune on 7/11/2006.