RAMIRO AGUILAR, JR. During the height of World War II the United States government called a young, barely wet behind the ears, man to go to war to protect this nation. The government gave him minimal training, put him on a train to California and then a ship to travel to the Far East to fight the Japanese. He, along with many other brave young men, stormed the beaches of Saipan and then other islands. The young man swore that if he lived through the war he would return to El Paso and make a better life for himself and his family. He survived, returned to El Paso, marries his wife Sandy and began a family. His emphasis was to provide the best life he could for himself and his family. He worked for the railroad company when Mexicans were not supposed to work for the railroad. He slept many nights in railroad right of ways because he could not stay at a hotel. He subsequently began working as a mechanic at Lone Star Motor Company. Due to a physical injury he began selling cars. He spent many years at Lone Star until it became Courtesy Chevrolet located on Montana. While working there John Pennington elevated him to sales manager. In this capacity he trained a number of people who went to work at various automobile dealerships in the El Paso area. Again, his emphasis was to improve himself and his family and also the people who worked with him. When Courtesy was sold he worked for a short time at Travis Crawford and then retired and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In December 2010 he suffered a debilitating stroke which left him paralyzed and unable to speak. But he still persevered. Finally, on July 7, 2012 his struggle ceased and he died. His siblings, Roberto, Arturo, Norma and Amparo, had all predeceased him. He leaves behind his wife Sandy, his two sons, Tony and Michael, his two daughters, Margaret and Teri, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Hopefully he had a positive effect on people who met him along life's road because he wanted nothing more than happiness for those around him. His family members do, and will, miss him. Martin Funeral Home, 3839 Montana, El Paso, Texas is handling the funeral arrangements with visitation from 5pm to 9pm with a rosary on July 11, 2012 7:00 p.m. Graveside Service at Fort Bliss cemetery on July 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home Central. www.FunerariaDelAngelMartin.com
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Published in El Paso Times from July 9 to July 17, 2012