• Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery
    Oak Lawn, IL
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Dennis R. Arakelian 1943 - 2011
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Friday, May 04, 2012

I guess this is my last father's day gift to you. I miss you every day. I wish you got to see our little guy more often, he would have had so much fun with his papa. I love you.
Friday, December 02, 2011
It's been six months, and I miss you every day. I'll always love you. Roe
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I really miss you Uncle Den; I can't imagine Christmas without you (or any other family gathering for that matter). You are the most creative and talented person I have ever known. I promise I will pass on the "butt-fish" story to my kiddo's! You are dearly missed. We will take care of Auntie Ree for you!
Monday, October 10, 2011
You were a great uncle. I enjoyed everytime I was able to see you. Christmas will not be the same without you. I learned so much from you over the years. Thanks for being a great uncle.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Roe, you have my deepest sympathy.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Dear Roe,
You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We send our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and his family. Ellie, Jesus, Enrique, Mario and the entire Maintenance Group at Sipi Metals will miss Dennis forever. You can not walk thru this facility without seeing marvels of engineering built into equipment that Dennis designed and built. He will be deeply missed.

Bill Bishop
Sipi Metals
Friday, June 03, 2011
My heart goes out to you during this difficult time, you and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. I will miss him, love Evelyn Cruz
Friday, June 03, 2011
I had the good fortune to start work at Sipi Metals the same year as Dennis. We were together nearly every work day of his three decades at Sipi. Dennis wanted to make everything, better. He was blessed with an unfair amount of brain power, which he coupled with a life-long inquisitiveness that resulted in his having a pretty good idea of how things work, that is, how nearly everything works. He was the opposite of that person who learns a lot in school and then gradually slips behind with the passing of time. Dennis not only continued learning, but his learning kept accelerating. He was thinking outside the box long before the phrase was invented. Early on, there were more than a few times when we gathered as a group to solve a plant problem. We would begin to focus on refining an idea that we thought was the solution. But then Dennis, who might not have said much up to that point, would suggest that we look at the problem in a different way. A better description might be that he would turn the problem upside down and inside out and in so doing make it plain to all that the apparent problem would go away by itself if we would just improve the fundamental design. The solution became easy for all to see, once we could see it from his perspective. How could we not have seen that before, we wondered, but we knew. We knew that Dennis had unique abilities that had sprung from the combination of his creativity and engineering intuition. We quickly dismissed our own inadequacies, and moved on to enjoying that the problem was solved. It didn't take many of these sessions before we began to ask Dennis what he thought before we began discussing the solution to the newest problem. Thanks a million, Dennis, for being you.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Dear Ro, my sincere sympathy to you and your family in this difficult time. I will keep praying for you and your family as i did pray for Den.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
We will miss him. He was a wonderful person. Our prayers are with him and his family.
Lots of Love,
Michael & Tae Won Smith
Thursday, June 02, 2011
we will miss u
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Dennis will certainly be missed...his infectious smile and dry sense of humor was second to none. Roe, we keep you and your family in our prayers through these difficult days ahead..Love to all of you...wish I could be there now......plan to be there in the near future.....
Thursday, June 02, 2011
So sorry for your loss. Dennis was one of the most gifted engineers I had the pleasure of knowing; someone who could make something out of nothing and kept Sipi Metals running day & night.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
My prayers are with all of you, Arakelians! So sorry for your loss, deepest condolences. ~Lindsay Wagner
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
So many good memories and we miss your "smile", Dennis.
Our hearts are heavy with your loss and we espress our deepest sympathy to Roe and your family.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
What a lovely man Dennis Arakelian was. It's very sad to hear of his passing. We lived next door to the Arakelian's in Crete when we were kids, and he was certainly part of the "village" that helped raise me. He seemed like the smartest man in the neighborhood when I was growing up. He knew how to fix everything, he knew what things were made of. He knew plants, animals, trees, boats, maps, shorelines, & vintage cars. He always had a calming influence and a warm demeanor. I remember how happy he and Roe were when Melissa and Denny arrived. I babysat many a night (which included watching Knight Rider with Melissa). I always thought he was a great dad. He was certainly the world's best neighbor. My most fond memory was of him coming over at a moment's notice to show me how to drive to Madison Wisconsin for college orientation. My first big trip by myself. Everyone was calm once he showed us what roads to take. I hope he is up in heaven, happy, cruising around Lake Michigan in the sky, in a big fantastic boat, with his parents and brothers, having a good time. I certainly will try and dock next to them for a quick visit when my time comes.

Rest in Peace Mr Arakelian.
Leigh Skinner Anderson
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