The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

July 9, 2014

Benjamin P. Arellano Sr.

JOHNSTOWN — ARELLANO – Benjamin “Benny” P. Sr., 86, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord July 3, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 11, 1928, in Johnstown, son of Jose I. and Asuncion (Martinez) Arellano. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Jesse, Manuel, Frank and Arthur; and sister, Mary Murillo. Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ruth A. (Dickerson) Arellano, Johnstown; children, Benjamin P. Jr., married to the former Janice L. Williams, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Mary A., wife of Michael J. Mayancsik, Greenville, N.C.; and Rena L., wife of Steve Long, Chesapeake, Va.; grandchildren, Jacinda P. and Rhiannon L. Arellano, both of Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Joseph F. and Angela C. Mayancsik, both of Greenville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including special nieces, Kathy Bumbernick, Esperanza Bair and Aurora Gilmour, all of Johnstown. Benny was a 1946 graduate of Johnstown High School and later earned his bachelor of science degree in music from IUP and his master’s degree in music from Duquesne University. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, having served during World War II and the Korean War. Benny attended the Navy School of Music and played in Marine Corps Bands at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Quantico, Va. He retired from Greater Johnstown Area Vocational-Technical School after 30 years of public school service as an educator and band director. Member of SS. Gregory & Barnabas Catholic Church, Daisytown, where he served as choir director for 30 years, and Menoher Post 155 VFW and its ritual team, where he served as bugler. Life member of American Legion Post 0294, Johnstown. Vice president of Local 41, American Federation of Musicians. Board member of CBW Federal Credit Union; Conemaugh-Franklin Lions Club; Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Knight PGK; IOOF, Alma Lodge, and served in offices in each organization. Benny was very active in educational organizations at local, state and national levels. As a professional musician for 50-plus years, he played with many local groups, including Johnstown Reed Band, Civic Concert Band, Johnstown Symphony, Corkie Cristie, Graham Grubb’s Big Band and Johnstown Jazz Workshop. He was often called to play backup for professional groups and artists who came to Johnstown, such as Bob Hope, Tiny Tim and Phyllis Diller. Benny loved music, enjoyed traveling and proudly followed his children and grandchildren in their music, athletic and academic achievements. He had a large circle of friends and will be greatly missed by many. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Johnstown Council 467, Knights of Columbus, will recite the Rosary at 7 p.m. and the 4th Degree All Saints Assembly 954 will stand guard on Monday evening at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, at SS. Gregory & Barnabas Catholic Church, Daisytown, Father Robert Ruston, pastor. Committal, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with military rites conducted by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team. Family suggests contributions be directed to SS. Gregory & Barnabas Catholic Church, 120 Boltz St., Johnstown, Pa. 15902, in memory of Benjamin. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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