Antonio Aguilar Maldonado peacefully left our arms and into the glorious arms of the Lord and Creator on July 7, 2015 surrounded by family. He was born to Manuelita Aguilar and Victorino Maldonado on May 10, 1930 in Robstown, Texas. Drafted into the United States Army in 1951 to 1953, where he honorable was awarded a Korean Service medal with one bronze service star. For the next 50 years he worked as a Barber for the Kingsville Naval Air Station and to this day is known for his small talk and flat tops. After retirement from the naval base, he owned and operated Tony’s Barber Shop on Highway 281 in Riveria, Texas.
Antonio is preceeded in death by his late wife Victoria Chapa Maldonado.
He is survived by his children Antonio A. Maldonado Jr. (Ron Winstead) of San Antonio, Texas, Ada M. (Eduardo) Besinaiz of Corpus Christi, Texas, Ana M. (Pablo ) Garza III of San Antonio, Texas and Angelica M. (Michael) Barrera of San Antonio, Texas, eight grandchildren Eduardo M. Besinaiz, Daniel M. Besinaiz, Juliana M. Besinaiz, Pablo M. Garza IV, Briana M. Garza, Nadia M. Garza, Mia L. Barrera, Christian M. Barrera, one great grandson Caleb T. Besinaiz and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. His legacy is firmly rooted in their hearts.
Antonio was born with a sense of humor that few possess and those who knew him would never forget. But what he is best known for is the love of ranching and always wearing his cowboy hat. Entering the gates of the ranchito (4A Ranch), he would use his unique call to round up his cattle. Walking the acres of his ranch since 1965, he always felt peace and tranquility. He was often seen hauling hay through the highways and back roads of the Coastal Bend enjoying the simplistic way of life.
Faith, family, and self- sacrifice are true measures that define him. His unforgettable smile and genuine care for all will leave a lasting imprint in our hearts forever. Dad loved his God, family and his country and has entered into the peace and presence of the Lord.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 09, 2015 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown, Texas. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Prince of the Apostle Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. Burial will follow to Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Eduardo M. Besinaiz, Jr., Daniel M. Besinaiz, Pablo Garza, Raul Flores, Edward Gonzalez, Ricky Guerra, Bobby Barrera, Abraham Saenz. Honorary
Pallbearers will be Roy Chapa, Francisco Amill-Perez, and Dorotheo Ramirez.
Arrangements Entrusted To: Ramon Funeral Home, Inc.