Richard Molina Aguilar

Richard M. Aguilar, 83, died peacefully in his daughter’s arms May 23, 2024 at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission. He was born July 22, 1940 in Pima county, Tucson, Arizona. The son of Antonio and Hortencia (Molina) Aguilar.

Serving in the US Marine Corps during Vietnam from 1969-1973, he ended his military career as a rifleman sharpshooter, receiving a combination of seven various medals, awards and ribbons.

Married December 15, 1971 to Mary Lenora Casteel, together they celebrated 52 years in 2023. After being discharged from the USMC, he pursued a career in transportation, like his father. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver for 30+ years. Richard finally retired in 2013.

Richard had a comical personality and a sway when he walked. Devoted, loyal and hard-working he was always available to lend a helping hand. And although he was a fiercely stubborn man, the thing he cared about most was his family. His favorite pastimes included watching WWE wrestling and western shows with his wife. He loved playing the lottery and always had the biggest smile while playing with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings Rudy Aguilar, Pauline Villalobos, Mary Lou Sanchez, and Lillian Navarette as well as by his daughter, Katy Simmons. Surviving in addition to his wife and one brother, Tony Aguilar, are his two daughters Kelly Aguilar and Ashley (Aguilar) Schumock along with his stepdaughter, Laurie (Wilson) Erskin. Survivors also include four grandchildren Jennifer (Aguilar) Ross, Christian Hall, Kristopher and Jacob Rogers among many step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services with military honors will take place at Leavenworth National Cemetery on June 11, 2024 at 10:00 am, family and friends welcome.

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From Sharon Fowler...

Richard, you were one in a million.Always quick to do for others before yourself.It was a pleasure caring for you and Mary.Hope Mary is well.Sending her love and prayers.RIP Pops.Love,Sharon

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