May 12, 1920-March 15, 2012
Henry Arancibia, a longtime resident of Merced passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012. He was born on May 12, 1920 in Merced Falls to Eugene Antonio and Mary Marcus.
At the age of 22, Henry joined the U.S. Army and was a member of the 331st Bomb Squadron. He was stationed in Europe and served from November 23, 1942 until his honorable discharge on November 18, 1945.
Henry returned home to Merced and started working as a bricklayer. He would spend the next 32 years perfecting his trade and retired an accomplished craftsman in 1980. He married his wife, Norma Darlene Hansel, on January 17, 1948. Together they bought land where Henry enjoyed farming fruit trees, particularly figs, and growing a garden full of roses. He would never let you leave his house without a bag of tomatoes, grapes, plums, or a jar of homemade green olives he loved to share with his family and friends. Henry was also a member of the American Legion Merced Post #83 and the B.A.C. Local #3.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma Arancibia; parents, Eugene Antonio and Mary Marcus; son, Richard Arancibia; 7 brothers; and 4 sisters.
Henry is survived by his sons, Alan and Michael Arancibia; daughter, Loretta Stout (Steve); grandchildren, Paula Amis, Stacie Arancibia, Richard Arancibia, and Stefanie Johnson (Andrew); great grandchildren, Chloe and Claire Johnson; and sister, Margaret Messa.
Visitation will be at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced, CA on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 3:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Graveside services will be on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 12:00 P.M. at Merced District Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers family is requesting donations be made to the American Legion Merced Post #83, 939 W. Main St., Merced, CA 95340 or Hinds Hospice of Merced, 410 W. Main St., Ste. A, Merced, CA 95340.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.