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Julio Arrecis

January 10, 1934 ~ October 31, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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On January 10, 1934, Julio Hermelindo Arrecis was born in Escuintla, Guatemala. His early interest in electronics and specifically sound and communications led to his time in the Signal Corps in Guatemala. He immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in August of 1974; an achievement he was immensely proud of. After brief periods in Michigan, Louisiana, and Los Angeles, he moved to Chicago. He completed his studies at Chicago Technical College in 1974, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an Electrical Engineer in the test equipment division for Zenith Electronics Corporation on Chicago’s Northwest Side, a career that lasted until his retirement. During these early years in Chicago, he met and married Margot, who herself, immigrated to the U.S. from Germany. On February 27, 2023 they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. 

 

While making their life together, Julio and Margot found a little dot on the map, Scenic State Park in Bigfork Minnesota, a place they would visit frequently to enjoy Julio’s passion for the outdoors and exercise his obsession with fishing. He instilled his love for the outdoors into everyone around him, including his children Julio, Gloria, Christian, and Daniel. The northern Minnesota lakes would never be the same. 

 

Shortly after retirement, Julio and Margot moved to Oro Valley, Arizona from Chicago in 1997 to start a new adventure in the desert. Not the first place you'd think a fisherman would want to go to, but it was the start of new things and a new life. They added joy to their retirement by traveling including trips home to Guatemala and Germany. Julio and Margot found hiking as a joy that would last throughout the remainder of his life; an endeavor where they could catch sunsets, appreciate nature’s simplicity, and on occasion just get lost. The Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona would never be the same. 

 

Throughout his life he enjoyed being active and athletic not only in his bodybuilding youth days but also later in life, including holding his own against the younger generation when challenged to an arm-wrestling match. He often encouraged his children and others to be inquisitive, to try new foods, and to take time to appreciate the good things in life. He was a true do-it-yourselfer, always finding projects around the house, inevitably leading to unscheduled “Dad time,” which usually consisted of holding a flashlight and attempts to decipher what tools he might request. He was a passionate camera and film enthusiast, with an eye for making wonderful photographs. He loved simply basking in his recliner listening to Johnny Cash, Bizet's Carmen or Pink Floyd, watching his favorite classic movies, and as of late, reruns of Gunsmoke. Like fishing, he believed that the next gold-panning outing could yield the big one. He was a rock and gem aficionado and amassed quite a collection of polished stones. He was also humble, especially as he accepted defeat after defeat at the hands of Margot when playing Rummikub. 

 

Most of all, Julio lived his life as a loving husband, father, grandpa, great-grandfather, and friend to so many. On October 31, 2023, Julio passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was just shy of 90 years young. 

 

Julio is survived by his wife, Margot; his children - Julio (Wendy), Gloria (Jeff) Cole, Christian (Natalie), and Daniel (Kathleen); his grandchildren Natasha, Ellie, Eleanor, Madden, Delia, Lennon and Matilde; his great granddaughter Kinsley, great-grandson Jered Jr; his siblings Victor and Zoila; and his niece Maritza.

 

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