Jesus M. “Jesse” Aguilera, 92, of Garden City, died Monday, April 2, 2018, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
He was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Deerfield, to Merced and Josefina Munoz Aguilera.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II, Mr. Aguilera moved to Garden City. A self-employed painter, he was owner and operator of Jesse Aguilera Painting. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Garden City, the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed his work as a painter, and he loved spending time with his family.
On Aug. 18, 1949, he married Justina Mora in Garden City. She died Oct. 13, 1989. He also was preceded in death by his parents; a stillborn son, Jesus Aguilera Jr.; a daughter, Barbara Ann Redin; two brothers; two sisters; and a grandson.
Survivors include two daughters, Geraldine Aguilera of Olathe, and Irene Shumate of Garden City; his companion, Marilyn Ornelas of Garden City; a sister, Lupe Alcaraz of Dodge City; two granddaughters; two grandsons; a stepgranddaughter; seven great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City. Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
Visitation hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.
Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to the Finney County Museum Education Fund for veterans, in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.