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VINCENT O. ARELLANO
January 9, 1926 - June 23,2017
Vincent 0 Arellano passed away Friday ,June 23, 2017 in Riverside, California of natural causes. He was 91 years old.
Born in Pedley, California on January 9, 1926, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Frances. He was also preceded in death by both his parents Luisa and Juan, sisters Antonia, Lupe, Lucy, Frances and Angie, and brothers Paul,Jose, and Robby. He leaves behind his two sons, Danny (Denise), and Randy, along with three grandsons, Matthew, D.J. (Cambria) and Ryan and two great grandkids, Holton and Braylinn. He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces.
Vince was very proud of his service in the Army during World War II. He joined the 97th infantry in 1945, and was wounded during combat. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He enjoyed his visits at Nordstroms with many other veterans who congregated there. Each time the World War II veterans got together, they 'won' the war again. He was sadden each time that a veteran passed away. In the end, Vince was the sole survivor. He is now able to join his buddies in the heavens above.
A first generation American, Vince proudly displayed the American Flag on his porch each and every day. Nothing irritated him more than someone disrespecting the flag or not singing the National Athem the 'correct way'
During the 1970's, Vince was a fixture at Arlington Little League. His team, the Giants, won many league championships. Although he was very successful teaching the fundamentals of baseball to his players, he also made it a priority to teach his kids how to conduct themselves properly on and off the field. Although, it has been over forty years since he coached his last game, many of his Giants still reach out to him. Many of them still consider Vince the best coach they ever had.
Ace, as he was known to many, was a superb athlete. Although the depression deprived him of performing in high school, he passed his love of athletics to his sons. Even in his forties, Ace would be playing basketball and football with middle and high school athletes. His 'hook" shot has yet to be blocked by even the best high school athletes.
Vince, along with his wife Frances, attended many high school games in Riverside. Although they were deeply involved with Arlington High School athletics, they could be seen at all of the Riverside schools. They were inducted into Riverside's Athletic Hall of Fame as the greatest supporters of Riverside Athletics. Vince admired the dedication of the coaches, as he felt they not only taught their players how to excel in their sports, but they provided discipline to their players.
Throughout this time, Vince was deeply in love with his wife Frances. Married for 60 years, Frances passed away in 2009. He was never quite the same again. He talked about her often, usually with a tear in his eyes. He also loved the rest of his family. He was particularly proud of his grandsons' accomplishments.
Viewing will be held at Arlington Mortuary on July 10th between, 4-6 p.m. The family viewing will be held between 6-6:30 p.m. The Rosary will be recited beginning at 6:30 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 11a.m. on July 11th at Saint Thomas Church, followed by the burial at Riverside National Cemetery at 1:00. A reception will be held after the burial at a site in Riverside. The location will be announced at the viewing/rosary and funeral mass. The family hopes that you will be able to attend the reception to share stories of Vince's life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your favorite high school athletic fund. Arlington Mortuary, Directors (800) 275-4648
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Published in Press-Enterprise on July 9, 2017
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