Merlin V. Arduini, 67, passed away April 2, 2012. He was the ultimate family man, survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Virginia Arduini; children, Merlin Sam Arduini of Longmont, Marla Jones, Paula (Juan) Herraez and David Arduini; grandson, Nicholas Jones; sister, Martha (Leonard) Vigil; nephew, John Paul Hatfield (Liz Garrett), all of Pueblo. Merlin was born May 5, 1944, in Salida, Colo., to Merlin A. and Jane M. Arduini. He retired from the Pueblo Depot Activity as an electronics technician. His greatest attributes were his sharp wit, dry sense of humor, and creative spirit. His hobbies included astronomy, music, gardening and wood carving. In 1998, Merlin had a heart transplant and was blessed to live 14 more years. Viewing, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, at Our Lady of the Meadows, 23 Starling Dr., with concelebrants Rev. Father James King and Rev. Father Ben Bacino. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Online condolences, www. MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Thanks so much for your sincere condolences. It was very difficult for Paula. She was very close with Dad and we all know what a loving and giving person she truly is. Your love and support means a great deal to her.

  2. Thanks for condolences. I know they meant a great deal
    to my sister, Paula. She was always at Dad’s bedside with her great spirit
    and energy. God bless!

  3. Thanks everyone for your condolences. It was a difficult battle that Dad fought, but he gave it everything he had. We all miss him so much, but we know he’s in a better place now, free of suffering and pain. God bless you all!

  4. Thanks for your sincere condolences. We miss Dad, but know he’s in a better place now and not suffering. All the best from the Arduini family.

  5. He loved you guys, too. He always managed to make everyone laugh and feel special. That’s what made him such a great Dad. Thanks for your condolences.

  6. Well, on behalf of Paula and the family, thanks south for your condolences. Paula always seemed to make Dad smile with her great spirit and love, and I know losing him was very difficult for her. God bless you!

  7. Thanks Virgil and Ann. My, it has been a long time, but I remember you from our time on Withers. Dad had a way of making everyone laugh and feel special. He loved telling stories and jokes, and delighted us all. Please remember the good times you shared with him, that’s how he lives on. God bless!

  8. Thanks Michelle. It was a tough blow to the family, but we are trying to stay together and remember all the good times we shared. Dad was a very special person who touched everyone he met. God bless you, too.

  9. The “Arduini’s”, You are such a beautiful, close and loving family that cares for each other so deeply. May God be your strength at this time. I love you all, Michelle

  10. Virginia and family: Ann and I were sorry to hear of your loss. I will always treasure the memories of Merlin being the best neighbor we have ever had. I will forever remember his favorite saying, “..hey, kid..”. God Bless.
    Ann and Virgil

  11. Paula,
    So sorry about the loss of your beloved dad. Your dedication and love for him was an inspiration to all. May God’s love comfort you and all your family now in the future and know that we are praying for you. Please express sympathy to your mom and family. 🙁 Cynthia

  12. Paula, I will not be able to attend the service but know that you are in my prayers and thoughts…it is a very special love–the love between a daughter and her daddy. God bless you Paula and your family. May the memories of growing up be cherished in your hearts! Give your mom a big hug for me.

  13. Paula,
    My heart grieves with you. I know how much you loved your dad. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Ernie and Paula

  14. Virginia and family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Mr. Arduini’s passing. You are in our prayers.
    David & Teresa Montera and family

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