Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX


Ruben Aguirre

May 8, 1947May 14, 2020
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Ruben Aguirre, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020, at his home in Live Oak, TX at the age of 73.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Maria (Garcia) Aguirre. He is survived by his loving wife, Debi Aguirre; daughter, Angela (Aguirre) and her husband, Matt Mussillo; and granddaughters Charlie, Sunshine, and Hannah; stepson Damon and his wife Alina Delarosa; and grandsons Kent and Kyle; Stepdaughter Nikki and husband Benjamin Jordan and grandsons Ethan and Evan.

He is also survived by brothers, Juan Gilberto Aguirre and his wife Elida; Hector Aguirre; sisters Raquel (Aguirre) and husband Jose Sierra, Beatrice (Aguirre) and husband Tony Camareno; Maria (Aguirre) and husband, Magdaleno Rodriguez; and 9 nieces and nephews, everyone of New Braunfels, TX.

Ruben graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1966. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Nov. 1967 through 1973 for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” (Valor), Vietnam Service medal with Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Expert Badge. Ruben joined the Coast Guard after Vietnam in 1974 and retired in 1994 completing his military career as a Chief Petty Officer recruiting only the finest “Coasties” from South Central Texas. He went on to work for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring a final time in 2012.

Ruben was a very proud military veteran, always regaling friends with war stories and his adventures. His proudest post military years were celebrated as founding director of the American Legion Riders, American Legion Post 593, Converse, TX. He was a Life Member of both American Legion Post 593 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8541, San Antonio, TX. He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, “C” Company (The Walking Dead); as well as the Marine Corps League, Alamo Det., San Antonio.

And last but not least, he would want to acknowledge the friendships over the many years on the Chili Cookoff circuit with his numerous, awesome fellow chili cookers. Ruben was always surrounded and blessed with great dedicated family and friends. He has gone to join several of them who were surely waiting to greet him when he reached the “Light.”

Semper Fi, Marine.

Visitation for Ruben will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 11am at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with a service beginning at 12:30pm with interment to follow at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020


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Mark and Donna Freemyer

May 20, 2020

We were blessed to meet Ruben and Debbie at the VFW Post 8541. Ruben buzzed us in, and then met us at the door on our very first visit. He made us feel welcome, and over time, like old friends. He showed Mark the ropes and shared war stories... you see, Ruben and Mark are both Marines. They shared a love of God and Country as brothers. We will miss Ruben's smiling face, quick wit and stories of old. You are loved Ruben, and you will be missed. May your memory be eternal. Semper fi!

Alicia Wright

May 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences to you and your family , Ruben was a very nice and sweet person , May he rest in peace , Semper Fi

Deb Hernandez

May 19, 2020

Debi, with a heavy heart I offer my deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family on Ruben's passing. May our Lord comfort you and your loved ones. I am truly sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Ruben. May the angels watch over you Debi.

Raul Padilla

May 18, 2020

Ruben was a friend and fellow classmate. I will always remember his ready smile, his quick wit and his great sense of humor. He was a generous soul who, as we have seen, enjoyed being of service to others.
It is said that a life dedicated to the service of others is a life well lived. By that measure Ruben Aguirre lived a very good life.
He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loving family.
Rest in peace Ruben.

George Briscoe

May 18, 2020

I am so very sorry to read of Rueben’s passing. He and Debi became some of my earliest friends in the PGR and American Legion back in 2006. I enjoyed just hanging out with them at the Post and I remember him telling stories about the war, coming home and even about some of the funny things that happened as a Postal Carrier. It was my privilege to ride with you. Debi, I send you my deepest condolences to you and all of his family and friends. God Speed, Ruben. I salute you for your service and am glad to have known you.

Tina Pieofsky

May 17, 2020

Loved riding motorcycles with Ruben and the gang! Ruben was such a caring, loving, fun, patriotic, friendly and easy going fellow! My husband and I enjoyed our time with Ruben and Debi. We will never forget his dedication to the American Legion riders.

William Fuller

May 17, 2020

I feel sad about Ruben's Passing. Ruben and I served together as Instructors at the USCG Training Center Petaluma. Later he was one of the Instructors for the "C" School of which I attended. He'll be missed. SSCM Fuller, USCG, ret.

Orlando Benavides

May 17, 2020

Rachel and I have not known the Aguirres long, but we always knew them to be pleasant and welcomed us as we entered the post with a warm smile or kind word. Ruben served his country and community well and will be missed.

Our sincere condolences to the loving family he leaves behind. Vaya con Dios nuestro amigo.

Yolanda Rodriguez

May 17, 2020

He was an amazing person enjoyed the time he worked at MVM and while he rented from me for several months. He will be missed.

Frank Forshage

May 17, 2020

I knew Ruben since the 7th grade,and can say with all honesty,that I was proud to call him my friend.Our paths crossed many times over the years,and I enjoyed each and every time they did.A Great person,and a true,true friend!

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