Nicholas I. Arki, a retired General Motors worker who earned a Purple Heart in World War II, died Monday in the McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a lengthy illness. He was 79.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Arki served with the Army in Europe during the war. He was a member of Memorial Post 1946, AMVETS.
He worked for GM's Parts Division in Cheektowaga for 32 years, retiring in 1980.
A City of Tonawanda resident for 38 years, he was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann Brandys Arki; a daughter, Linda Decker of Sarasota, Fla.; a son, Michael J. of Grand Island; a sister, Mary Miller of Amherst; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, 71 Adam St., City of Tonawanda.