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Ariel Alolod Herco

January 12, 2024
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Ariel Herco Obituary

Ariel “Boy” Alolod Herco, aged 64, loving husband and father, unexpectedly passed away on January 6, 2024. 

Ariel was born in Culasi, Antique, Philippines on December 30, 1959 to Gregoria Alolod and Jose Herco Sr. He was number 7 of his 8 siblings; Bibiano (Bebot), Josefina (Baby), Imelda (Inday), Alithia (Nene), Jesusita (Toto), Jose Jr. (Jun), and Carlos (Nonong).

Ariel was predeceased by his parents and his siblings - Baby and Jun. He is survived by his loving wife, Celeste (Richie), two children - Jeremy Anne (Jamie) and Anthony; his siblings - Bebot, Toto, Inday, Nene, and Carlos; and many nieces and nephews. 

At age 21 Ariel emigrated to the U.S. with his siblings; Toto, Nene, Jun, and Nonong. He attended California State University, Fullerton and began a career as an electrician. He spent his free time playing basketball, watching Lakers games, fishing at Balboa Pier, and as a skilled handyman, completing house renovations on his and his family member’s homes. He was a man who could figure out how to do anything. 

Ariel was also a very involved and loving father who encouraged his kids in every endeavor and promoted an active lifestyle through sports and music. A man who made quick friends, he treated everyone like family and would always go out of his way to help anyone in need. He even treated his nieces and nephews like they were his own kids.

In September 2014 Ariel and Richie survived a car accident that left him in a wheelchair and took the life of Richie’s father. After spending time in rehab he decided to start a new life and move back to Culasi to live with his loving family and community he once grew up with. In Culasi he lived a peaceful, yet active life in the Herco home, with views of the ocean and his many friends and family always around. He woke up at 5am every morning to feed his 10-12 dogs fresh pandesal and drink coffee, enjoying the sounds of the ocean as the sun rose. He spent his time watching over the house, managing his rice fields and farm animals, and entertaining his friends and family. Ariel was very generous to anyone who needed his help and was a true staple of the community in Barangay Jalandoni. 

In his life, Ariel was fiercely loyal to his family, an incredibly loving father, a peaceful mediator, a silly friend, and a generous community member. He has left a great impact on everyone he knew and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.


Lunch reception will be hosted at the Herco home following internment. Please reach out to the family for the address.

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Vigil Service
February 29, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chapel of Orange
215 N Grand St
Orange, CA 92866
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Funeral Mass
March 1, 2024

11:30 AM
La Purisima Catholic Church
11712 N. Hewes St.
Orange, California 92869

Graveside Service
March 1, 2024

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 E. Santiago Canyon Rd.
Orange, CA 92869


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