He is preceded in death by parents Porfirio and Maria Leal Arguijo; sisters Senovia Reyes and Maria Benitez; brothers Jesus, Porfirio, Richard and Ralph Arguijo; Eva Sotello Arguijo, mother of his children.
He is survived by his daughters Carmen Villarreal and husband Raul of Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Rebecca Martinez and son-in-law Louis, and Mona Lisa Hinojosa and sonin law Vincent of San Antonio. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Michelle, James, Sabrina, Mario and Sabella; eight great-grandchildren, Daniella, Michael, Monica, Casandra, Crystal, Gabriella, Erick, Evan and numerous relatives and friends.
Joe, as he was called by his family and friends, served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II with Company K, 331st Infantry, 83rd Division, in Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the American Theater Campaign Medal EAME Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart GO 104 HQ 83rd Inf, May 20, 1945; and the Silver Star Medal, GO 171 HQ 83rd Inf, August 3rd, 1945.
Upon his return from the war, he was employed as butcher for the late L.D. Brown’s Hi-Way Grocery in Pleasanton. He married Eva Sotello in 1947. They were married 25 years. Joe and his family moved to San Antonio, where he worked as a butcher and subsequently made a career change as an Insurance Sales Representative for American National Insurance Co. He retired and became very active with VFW Post 9186 managing their facility for 18 years until he suffered a stroke. Joe was very active in La Iglesia de Cristo as a Sunday school teacher, coach of the baseball team and mentored the teens.
Viewing was held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Meadowlawn Funeral Home. Interment was at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors on February 22, 2012.