CARLSBAD â€” Pete Aguilar, 75, of Roswell, passed away Nov. 22, 2010, at Presbyterian-Kaseman Hospice. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Nov. 26, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Carlsbad, with the Rev. Daniel Praeuner officiating.
Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico. Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Pete was born in April 1935, in Artesia.
He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1951 and NMU in 1957. He held a BS in geology and a masterâ€™s degree in science education.
He was called to serve his country in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He worked for the N.M. State Highway Department, and the U.S. Department of the Interior in four different agencies during his career. Later on, Pete became an independent mineral leasing consultant. Pete met his wife, Frances Kleinhans, in 1961, and they were married in St. Peterâ€™s Lutheran Church in Bowie, Texas. They have two loving children, Beverly and Keith. The family lived in Carlsbad, Albuquerque, Roswell, and Lakewood, Colo. Pete and Frances retired to Roswell in 2000. Together Pete and Frances have three wonderful grandchildren, Brienn, Briggs and Madison.
Pete was an active member in many organizations: Immanuel Lutheran Church (Roswell), Southeast Thrivent Chapter 30214, past president of the Roswell Geological Society and the Roswell Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet in America. Pete enjoyed flying his radio-controlled airplanes, singing in barber shop quartets, traveling and spending time with his family. He had a contagious smile for everyone, and a loving and caring spirit that drew people in. Pete made friends wherever he went and will be missed by many.
Pete is survived by his wife Frances; daughter, Beverly Reid; son-in-law, Bruce Reid; granddaughter, Brienn Breffle; grandson, Briggs Reid; son, Keith Aguilar; daughter -in-law, Lynette Aguilar; and granddaughter, Madison Aguilar. Pallbearers will be Michael Aguilar, Ivan Aguilar, Richard Aguilar, Ruben Aguilar, Clark Harvey and Michael McCormick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Social Ministry, 1405 Sycamore Ave., Roswell, NM 88201, or San Jose Catholic Church Building Fund, 1002 DeBaca, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood. com.