July 23, 1928 - June 1, 2012
A service to celebrate his life, will be conducted Thursday, June 7, for Harold Edward Arambel, age 83, who died peacefully at his home and entered into rest with our Lord on June 1, with his wife, Laura, and family members at his side.
Mr. Arambel was born on July 23, 1928, to Paul and Edna Arambel in Colusa County. He was the third of four children Gene (Marie), Robert (Jerry) and Carol Halseth (Emerald). He is survived by his wife Laura of 58 years and their three children: Diane of Oakdale; Sherry Horsting (Walter) of Sacramento; Jeff (Beth) of Patterson. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Juleah Hiner and her husband Travis; Ryan; Marissa; Richard; Vincent.
Mr. Arambel graduated from Patterson High class of 1946, where he was class president and went on to attend Stanford University. He met his future wife Laura Farinha in high school in 1946. Laura was a best friend of Harold’s sister, Carol. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and while on leave was able to travel in Japan.
Laura and Harold were married on Oct. 11, 1953, and moved to Williams to begin their life farming. A year later, their first child, Diane was born followed by Sherry and Jeff. In 1956, the Arambels decided to move to Westley, where they continued farming and have lived ever since. In 1978, his entrepreneurial ways led Mr. Arambel to branch out into the real estate development business with his partner George Rose forming Arambel and Rose Development Company. They engaged in land development and built numerous residential and commercial projects in the greater Stanislaus County area.
Mr. Arambel was also very active in the community. He was a volunteer fireman for many years with the Westley Fire Department. He was also a founding member of the Westside Hulling Association. He enjoyed great friendships and tennis as a member of Sportsman of Stanislaus and Modesto Swim and Racquet Club. Mr. Arambel was also a member of numerous other clubs and organizations throughout the years.
Mr. Arambel took great pride in the community and exhibited his quiet, kind and gentle nature with the creation of a 50-foot Christmas Tree/Flag Pole and a color, “Welcome to Westley” sign at the intersection of Highway 33 and Grayson Road in Westley.
He enjoyed traveling with his family in the earlier years then extensively with his wife including three trips to Europe, Africa, Russia, South America, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States.
Mr. Arambel’s hobbies include a love for tennis, sailboats, trains and the restoration of various historic items. He enjoyed classical music and playing the piano and attending the Modesto Symphony for 30 years with his wife, Laura. He was an avid reader of world history, science and current events. He also enjoyed gardening and the opportunity to create natural beauty with flowers, shrubs and trees at their home and in the community.
Mr. Arambel helped his parents and many others without hesitation and was always generous and patient with his family, friends and others. He was also a farming and real estate mentor to his son Jeff throughout the years.
Mr. Arambel will be dearly missed by his family, friends and associates who remember him as a loving husband, father, friend and mentor.
The Arambel family would like to acknowledge special thanks to the Westley Fire Department and the Patterson Paramedics.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Arambel’s name may be sent to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/donate
A visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. The service to celebrate his life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson.