Henry Arancibia

May 12, 1920March 15, 2012

HENRY ARANCIBIA 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.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2012
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 23, 2012

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Dorene Souza

April 7, 2012

Mikey, Alan, Loretta and families: I will always remember and cherish my memories of of your Dad, especially when he and Joe were together working some job or at our house. Between the two of them there was never a dull moment! What I remember the most is his quick movements while working, in fact we had a bird that we named Henry because his movements reminded us of your Dad. I also remember him saying, "oh what the heck." It was the way he said it that I will never forget and still makes me smile. Rest in peace dear friend, you may be gone from this earth but you will never be forgotten by your loving family and all of us that had the priviledge of knowing you.

March 27, 2012

Mike I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He is in a better place now and with his love. Our prayers go to you and all of your family. Ric Piehl and family

Margaret Messa

March 24, 2012

Brother, unfortunate your last days could not have been as fruitful as the time you spent in your garden. Rest in Peace, your sister, Margaret.

Jennifer Morrow

March 22, 2012

Alan,Loretta , Mike and Families
Arnie and I would like to express our sincere sympathy and condolences. Henry was a wonderful man. We enjoyed visiting with him during the time he laid bricks at our home. No ones work could be as precise as Henry's! He was the best mason in the country and we will always enjoy his
incredible creations Thinking of you all during this very sad time....
Love, Arnie and Jennifer Morrow

Richard Petitt

March 22, 2012

Michael, sorry to read of your father's passing.

March 21, 2012

I wish to express our deepest sympathy to your family during this time of loss.
Joe and Sharon Reeves.

Darlene Peters

March 21, 2012

Henry was a great friend. He did many jobs for us when we were in Construction. His work was the BEST. We talked to him about a month ago. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere Sympthy to the family.
Glen & Darlene Peters

March 21, 2012

To all of the families of Henry:

Keith and I are sending our sincere sympathy to you all since we cannot be there with you at this sad time. We will always remember how much fun Henry was at the Stout's family gatherings & BBQ's. He was one in a million and a very nice and gentleman. It is an honor to call Henry our friend. May God's Blessings be with you all.

Connie & Keith Hamilton
( Whitehall Montana )

Stephanie Newby ( Cotta )

March 20, 2012

I'm so sorry for your loss !! I knew Henry, and he was QUITE A MAN !!! I also, have some good memories of him !!! R.I.P HENRY !!! with love, Stephanie :)

Joe Sapien

March 20, 2012

My sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences.