OBITUARY

Emilio "Ray" Aguirre

January 7, 1929April 26, 2013
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Emilio “Ray” Aguirre loving husband, father, grandfather and brother went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 26, 2013 at the age of 84. He is now reunited with his great love, wife of 62 years, Dolores. He was born on January 7, 1929 in Laredo, Texas. He is predeceased by his mother Jovita Santos Bonilla and sister Irma B. Yanez. He is survived by his children, Elsa A. Villalpando (Roodi), Edmund A. Aguirre (Brenda), Linda Aguirre-Pike (Greg), and Ernest A. Aguirre (Sonia); 8 grandchildren; brother, Reynaldo Aguirre (Elisa); brother-in-law; Santos Aguilar Jr.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mr. Aguirre graduated from Sidney Lanier HS in 1946. He joined the United States Marines Corp and served as a Sergeant during the Korean Conflict where he fought in the Battle at the Chosin Reservoir. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation award, two bronze stars; Victory Medal World War II, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal for injuries sustained and heroic actions. He subsequently wrote about his experiences in the book, “We’ll Be Home for Christmas” published in 1959. Mr. Aguirre was also sought out as a resource by authors writing of the Korean War. As a father of four, he was a respected leader within the Loma Park community, active in youth athletics and fundraising for various causes. After his service, he became a curator for the Museum of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base. His painting of the first man on the moon still stands inside the historic Brooks City Base Hanger 9. His artistic talents lead him to a subsequent occupation as a medical book illustrator. As an artist, his paintings featuring the Chicano Image were chosen to represent San Antonio in our Country’s Bicentennial. In 1989, his Korean War paintings were selected by Vista Magazine for an article on “Latinos Remember the Forgotten War”. Many of his paintings were also featured in several educational books. In August of 1991, Mr. Aguirre received an award from the San Antonio Police Officers Association for leadership and giving to his community. He also gave his time as a block walker in support of various different political campaigns. He was a founder of the San Antonio Chapter of the Chosin Few and a member of the Purple Heart Association and Disabled American Veterans Association. He served as Past President of the VFW Post 9186. During his retirement he also served as a volunteer for the Memorial Detachment Service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. His passion for art and dedication to fellow Korean War veterans served as inspiration to design and direct the building of the Korean War Veterans Memorial that stands in front of the Municipal Auditorium, dedicated in December of 1994. In 2009, Mr. Aguirre was recognized by the Senate of the State of Texas for the Texas Community Health Network’s first annual Unsung Heroes Award. Our most sincere Thanks to Ms. Rosa Elva Hernandez (caregiver) who took such wonderful care of our Father. We would also like to Thank Dr. Laura Chiodo (VA Hospital), Dr. Carlos E. Alvarez-Meraz and Odyssey Hospice for their wonderful care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to The Chosin Few National Association; 238 Cornwall Circle, Chalfort, PA 18914. Visitation will be at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home on Bandera Road on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a rosary at 7:00 P.M. The procession will depart the funeral home at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 2, 2013 for an 11:30 A.M. funeral mass to be celebrated at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 5919 Ingram Rd with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with U.S. Marines military honors.

Services

  • Funeral Rosary Wednesday, May 1, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Emilio "Ray" Aguirre

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Darlene Shakur

May 15, 2013

Life is given
Life is shared
Life is a memory

Emilio was a special person and human being in giving and sharing his special talent and experiences for all to memorize. Elsa, I understand the loss and pain of a father. My only comfort is that he lived a well fulfilled life and is now in a better state of mind. We love you, always Jerry & Darlene.

Darlene Shakur

May 15, 2013

Life is given
Life is shared
Life makes memories

Emilio was a special person and human being in giving and sharing his special talent and experiences for all to memorize. Elsa, I understand the loss and pain of a father. My only comfort is that he lived a well fulfilled life and is now in a better state of mind. We love you, always Jerry & Darlene.

Steve and Celeste Burton

May 7, 2013

Dearest Elsa, our sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. Your Dad is now at peace and is beginning a new life with our Heavenly Father. We pray for peace, love and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. Take care & God bless. We love you!

Kim Long

May 6, 2013

This was a man that touched many lives as he passed through this world, and as such will be a part of this world for many lifetimes. What an inspiration.

Heartfelt condolences,

SALLY DE LOS SANTOS

May 3, 2013

DEAR ELSA, LINDA, ERNEST, EDMOND, & FAMILY

I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

I PRAY GOD WILL GIVE YOU STRENGTH. THE LOVE OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS LIFT YOU UP AND COMFORT YOU.

YOUR DAD WAS BLESSED WITH A LONG LIFE AND LOVING FAMILY.

TAKE PRIDE IN KNOWING YOUR FATHER WAS A HERO. OUR COUNTRY IS GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR HIS SERVICE

MAY THE MEMORIES OF HAPPY DAYS SPENT WITH YOUR DAD COMFORT YOU AND BRING YOU PEACE.

LOVE NEVER DIES.

Alvaro Vega

May 3, 2013

My utmost condolances to the Aguirre family. A real good man has passed and its hard to say good bye. My best memory of "Papo" was a christmas when I was young. I had joined the Aguirre family as they exchanged gifts. Papo suprised me with a small stuffed animal and a five dollar bill. He hugs me and and say, "everyone gets gifts here, Merry christmas." Thank you papo for everything. You will be missed.

David Alcocer

May 3, 2013

Dear Elsa,Edmund and siblings, my deepest condolences,our dads are now at rest, and free from this mortal world in which they won and lost many battles. They taught us well didn't they? One day, we will all be together, like when we were kids back in the ol' barrio. Peace to you and yours. Your friend and fellow Loma Parker. David AlcocerII

Alvaro Vega

May 3, 2013

My utmost condolences to the entire Aguirre Family. A good man has left us and it is hard to say good bye. My best memory of Emilio was a Christmas when I was a kid. I joined my the family Aguirre while they opened their gifts. "Pappo" surprised me with a small stuffed animal and a $5 dollar bill. He Hugged me and said' "everyone receives presents here." Its hard to say goodbye to good men like him. Like the entire family, I will miss him too.
Thank you for everything you have done for us pappo. God Bless.

May 2, 2013

Are prayers and condolences go out to the Aguirre Family, from Talamantez Family God Bless You

fernando duran

May 2, 2013

Edmund, my condolences to you and your family. Fernie Duran fellow Loma Parker