Col. Adolph “Aggie” Aguilar, (USAF Ret), passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Austin, Texas.
Aggie was born in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 16, 1922 to Francisco and Daria Aguilar. Aggie resided in San Antonio until he joined the Army Air Corp in 1943. While in active service, he served as bombardier in WWII. Shortly after returning to San Antonio he met Mary, his wife of 73 years, at a bus stop. He chose to continue his illustrious career in the US Air Force. He was a radar navigator. He was then selected to attend Command and Staff School and was assigned to the 308th Missile Wing (Titan II) becoming commander of three Titan II Missile Complexes. He was then assigned the duty of Assistant to the Director of (ICBM) Missile Maintenance, later becoming the Director of Missile Maintenance of the 15th Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in September, 1974.
Upon retiring, Aggie and Mary returned to the San Antonio area. Retirement didn’t last long. In the summer of 1976, he was cast as Don Jose in the PBS children’s bilingual educational TV show Carrascolendas. He was also an ESL tutor for Students Older Than Average at San Antonio Junior College, a charter member and 4th degree Knight with the Schertz Knights of Columbus and an active member of the Schertz City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission.
Upon Mary’s retirement, Aggie chose to limit his involvement with the Church and City in order for them to travel the world. One of his most memorable moments was when he and Mary were provided an audience with the pope in the Vatican City.
Aggie truly loved life. He enjoyed time spent with his children and their children. His quick wit was ever present at any family gathering. Anyone who had the opportunity to spend time with Aggie would walk away smiling.
He was predeceased by his parents, Francisco and Daria; his sisters, Carmen, Mary and brother, Robert; Daughter, Mary Ellen; and Granddaughters, Cristal and Ashley.
Aggie is survived by his spouse, Mary M.; Children, Mary E. (Betsy); David and his wife Wendy of California; Teri and her husband, Jim; and Rebecca C. (Becky). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jeffery, Kirsten, Jimmy, Madeleine and Mitchell; Great-Grandson: Gage, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family of Aggie Aguilar wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff at Tech Ridge Oaks Assisted Living Center and Choice Hospice.