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Conrado Arriola, 79, died Thursday, May 19, 2005, at Big Bend Regional Medical Center.
Mass was held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 23, at our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, with burial in Holy Angels Cemetery in Alpine.
He was born Sept. 9, 1925, in Alpine to Justa Arriola, in Jan. 19, 1944, he joined the Navy, serving on the USS Scuffle (AM-298) in the Asiatic Pacific Area and the Phillipine Liberation. He received the World War II Victory Medal for his naval service. Upon returning from the Pacific as Seaman First Class in 1946, he met and on June 9, 1946, married Zobeida Dutchover.
Arriola began his career in Alpine with American National Insurance; later with the University of Texas Radio Astronomy station, and then with the Big Bend Ford dealership in Alpine. Upon moving to Alpine in 1994, Arriola became the Trailways/Western Union manager/agent. As a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa, he became a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as a fourth degree Grand Knight.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Zobeida and his granddaughter, Karen Reyes.
Survivors include his children and their families: Emma and Merardo Reyes; Conrad and Bertha Arriola and Michael and Eva Arriola; his grandchildren, Jackie Arriola, Erica Reyes, Conrad Jon Arriola and Kristin Arriola.
Arriola was well-respected and loved by all who knew him. He will be missed by many. Geeslin Funeral Home in Alpine is in charge of arrangements.
Pecos Enterprise, Pecos, TX 21 May 2005