richard arango
Richard “Red” Arango, 67, of Weirton, passed away Monday, April 10, 2006 at the Weirton Medical Center. Born November 8, 1938 in Weirton, he was the son of the late Manuel and Jamma Perry Arango. Red was also preceded in death by his brother Jack Arango and sister Violet Stansberry. With 30 years of service, Red retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a certified welder and served as the ISU President from 1979 until 1982. He was Protestant by faith, a member of the WSX 25-Year Club, AARP and Weirton BPOE #1801. Red’s survivors include his wife Sherry L. (Craft) Arango; sons Richard and his wife Lauren and Troy and his wife Donna; daughter Lisa L. Arango; brothers John Arango and his wife Priscilla, Eugene Arango and his wife JoAnn and Manuel Arango and his wife Dreama; grandchildren Matthew Gonzales, Daniel Ferris, Justin Arango, Stephanie Arango, Vanessa Arango and many nieces and nephews including his special nephew Bobby Arango and his wife Cindy. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, where funeral services will be conducted at 11AM on Thursday with Red’s nephew David Stansberry and Reverend Kevin Bowers presiding. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Share tributes with his family at Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. Another one of the great names in Weir Red Rider football history has left us. My sympathy to your family. God’s speed.

  2. Sherry, We were very shocked and sadden to read of the passing of Red. He was a very kind and thoughtful person. We enjoyed the time that we spent with him on New Years Eve years ago at your Moms. May he be at peace.

  3. Dear Arango Family My deepest sympathy during this time of sorrow. I was your neighbor for many years and still remember each of you. All of you were very nice to my mom, my brothers, and me. I will be praying for you during this time of sadness. God bless each and every one. Karen Barber

  4. Sherry and family, and John, and Bobby, I am saddened by the death of Red. Working with him while he was President of WSX was a real treat. He always had time for the average employee like myself and helped me so many times. He loved Weir High and football of all kind. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Jerry Hamill

  5. Dear Arango Family, I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. “Red” was one of the greatest to come out of Weir High. I graduated in 1962; but I still remember him very well. He will surely be missed. Bobby is on my Zoning Board of Appeals here at the City Building where I work and he would always keep me up to date on “Red”‘s health for he sure was close to him. May he be at peace and I will continue to pray for all of you. Sincerely, Sally (Morgan) Starko (Butch’s mom)

  6. Red was such a powerful figure growing up. I remember when he came over furious because Peanuts and Fluffy had stolen his shower shoes :). I also remember him just being there as we played into the summer nights. May your memories comfort you and may they also make you laugh and smile. Love, Denise

  7. To the Arango family, Always a smile!! When anyone who knew him thinks about him, that’s what comes to mind first. He loved his family. I’ll never forget the Christmas party at Bob and Cindy’s and the euchre game. He always made sure everyone was happy. He is definitely a Weirton legend. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. The Lahrs

  8. To the Arango Family, My deepest sympathy to you all. The last time I saw Red I was visiting Weirton and I attended a basketball game. He sought me out when my name was announced, we talked about old (Weir high) times. He enjoyed “All” of the sporting events involving Weir high. He will be missed, he was truely a legend among legends in Weirton. Sincerely, Bob Kelley

  9. Dear Sherry + All of the Arango family. We were so sorry to hear of Red’s passing. He was a good man and will be fondly remembered. Please accept our sympathies and prayers at this difficult time. John & Maggie

  10. Dear Sherry and Family, With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Kenny enjoyed working with Red at WSX. He was a very nice person who always had a smile on his face. We are sure he will be missed by all.

  11. Red lived a good life and he will be watching over each and everyone of you. Always remember the good times and although he may have departed you in body he will always be with you in the spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much Love, Tabitha and Colton

  12. The Arango Family I give my deepest sympathy, but it really doesn’t help. Your grief goes beyond what words can express. There’s nothing anyone can say, to heal your broken heart or take away your pain. Let God take you in His arms and cover you with His love. He knows the depth of your grief and only He can give you peace. He knows it will take time for your heart to heal. If there’s any comfort let it be in this, your loved one is with Jesus, in a home that’s filled with bliss. There are no tears in Heaven, no more heartache and no pain, only love and happiness. We must hang on to this at this time, the best we can. Donna and family, may you find some comfort and peace in each others Love. All my hugs,to you and your loved ones. My prayers are for you all and with you all! God BLess you all Linda!

  13. Dear Sherry, Our deepest sympathy! Please know your in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. He was so kind to many many people and our community has lost a special person. Take Care. Our deepest sympathy, Cheryl & Bruce

  14. Sherry, I am so sorry at your loss of Red. He was always nice to me, wave when he saw me and BS sometimes. I live on the corner house and I remember your dedication working with him when the first bad heart attack hit. He said you were his drill sargent. If I can do anything, please let me know. God bless and I will miss him. I didn’t know him well, but he was a good man to me.

  15. Sherry and Family just wanted you to know we are thinking of you and are very sorry about Uncle Red

  16. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Red meant a lot to a lot of people. He was very, very special in our community. All who knew Red loved Red. Love, Kevin & Diane Bowers

  17. My deepest sympathies to the Arango family. Red was a unique and special person, and he will be missed.

  18. To the Arango Family. I remember “Red” from my high school days at Weir High School. You have our deepest sympathy. The Payton Family of Weir Avenue

  19. To The Arango Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He is not suffering and in a “better place” now. May God Bless and keep you all.

  20. To all the Arango Family. I am so sorry to see that Red passed away.I am so sorry I missed the services.I was the last one to cut Reds hair at the barber shop.He was full of smiles just like I always remember him.I heard he was in the hospital not doing well and it broke my heart.He was such a wonderful man. I will miss him dearly Lisa Me and your Dad always talked about all the good times we used to have. If their is any thing I can do please don’t hesitate to call I love and miss you.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and may God give you the strength to deal with this terrible loss may god bless all of you. Jody Davis

  21. To Sherry and Arango Family: So very sorry to learn of Red’s passing. I’ll always remember him with that big smile whenever I saw him. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy.

  22. Sherry and Family, So sorry to hear about my friend Red’s passing. I did so fondly enjoy my visits with him during his hospitalization. Linda and I were out of town and were unable to attend the services. You and the family will remain in our prayers. If there is something I can do for you please let me help. Best regards, Jim Pauchnik

  23. Red was always very kind and friendly to me, always interested in how I was. I had a great deal of respect for him and always enjoyed his company. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed. People like Red are very rare, very unique, and should be remembered, as I know he will.

  24. Sherry,I am so sorry to hear of Red’s passing. Throughtout the time I cared for him at the hospital he always seem to keep his smile on his face and would definitely light up when you were with him. He is still lit up shining down on you so keep his presence and remember all your happy times together. You and your family are in my prayers.Becky

  25. Troy & Rich, My dad called me to tell me about your father. I remember meeting your dad just after I got my drivers license and I came to your house to pick up Troy. I remember when I shook your dad’s hand it was like he was wearing a catcher’s mitt. I remember he was telling a story about the “old timers” and he started laughing. He had a great big gregarious bellowing laugh that made me feel welcome at your house. God bless you. I’m sorry about your dads passing.If you fella’s are ever in Columbus gimme a call. Home 740 362 4616 Cell 614 7788490.

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