Deacon Miguel “Mike” Arredondo was a devoted family man and public servant, his wife, Leticia Arredondo said.
“We were married for 27 wonderful years,” Leticia Arredondo said. “We first met at Comiskey Park while on a White Sox bus trip. Ironically we were both much more Cubs fans than Sox fans. That first day we met he asked me to marry him and within the year of our first date we were married.”
Arredondo was active in his boys’ schools missing their school events and sports activities.
“He also made it a point to attend his nephews and nieces sporting events,” she said.
Arredondo became a Lake County Sheriff's police officer in 1979 serving 24 years in the department, including eight years as Chief of Police from 1994 to 2002.
“Mig always told me that he knew he wanted to be a police officer since he was around eight years old,” Leticia Arredondo said. “His interest in law enforcement came from his father, Miguel V. Arredondo, who was an East Chicago police officer and also the Chief of the Lake County Sheriff's Department.”
A graduate of Bishop Noll Institute and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Arredondo earned a degree in law enforcement management from Calumet College of St. Joseph and a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University Northwest.
Arredondo had exceptional leadership qualities and was a good problem-solver, his wife said.
“He had a quick wit and always made people laugh,” Leticia Arredondo said.
On June 1, 2013, Bishop Dale J. Melczek ordained Arredondo as a Deacon for the Diocese of Gary.
“That was one of the most joyous days in his life,” Leticia Arredondo said.
“He was passionate about making a difference in people's lives whether it was in his beloved city of East Chicago or throughout the county, the state and nation,” Leticia Arredondo said.
Arredondo served as former chairman of the Northwest Indiana Safe Schools Commission, was a member of the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America Calumet Council, Ivy Tech Community College Development Council, Indiana Harbor Catholic Elementary School Advisory Council, Haven House Domestic Violence Shelter, and former member of the Bishop Noll Institute Board.