Jess J. Arredondo, longtime Flagstaff and former Kingman resident, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. He was 86. Mr. Arredondo was born June 23, 1923, to Ponciano T. Arredondo and Carolina A. Arredondo in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico.
Jess graduated from Mojave County Union High School in 1943 and participated in football, basketball, and track. He married his classmate, Katherine T. Acuña, after graduating high school. Together they had two daughters, Lenore and Priscilla Sue. He joined the Army in 1945 and served in the occupational forces with the 43rd Engineer Construction Battalion in Japan. His work at the Santa Fe Railroad began in Kingman and followed him to Seligman, Flagstaff, Glendale and back to Flagstaff, where, like his father, Jess retired from the Santa Fe Railroad after 40 years of devoted service as a clerk in 1983. Jess deeply loved his family and centered his life on them. He was hardworking, honest and an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Katharine; sister, Lucy Braithwait; brothers, Joe Arredondo, Angel Arredondo and Art Arredondo; daughters, Lenore Arredondo and Sue Wetzel (John); grandchildren, Sherrine Short (Jerry), John Wetzel (Kari), and Justin Wetzel; and great-grandchildren, Dylan, Gabrielle, Jared, Jace, and Jadon. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be held in Flagstaff at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel. Viewing and rosary will be in Kingman from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore, with a Mass and graveside service in Kingman at 10 a.m. the following day, Monday, Jan. 25, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 302 E. Spring St.