Adelaido “Lido” A. Aragon, 94, a longtime Salida resident, died Oct. 1, 2012, at his home.
He was born Nov. 21, 1917, in Española, N.M., to Juan and Magelena (Vigil) Aragon.
Mr. Aragon married Clara Nieto Oct. 16, 1941, in Cañon City.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning the rank of staff sergeant.
During the war, he served as message center chief with a signal battalion in the South Pacific, supervised a message center crew of 30 enlisted men and directed message center work to ensure speed, accuracy and security. He also encoded and decoded classified messages.
His first job after returning from the Army was working for Phil Muto and Sons Grocery and Meat Market in Salida.
He also worked at Safeway, the Butcher Boy Market and City Market in Salida and for 18 years delivered the Pueblo Chieftain.
Mr. Aragon worked as a postal clerk at the Salida Post Office for 23 years, retiring in 1986.
He was instrumental in opening the Salida hot springs pool to minorities and in helping minorities secure the right to serve on jury duty.
Mr. Aragon was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and on Parish Council for many years.
Mr. Aragon liked to sing and dance, spend time with his family, collect stamps and coins and go fly fishing. He enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading and being around people.
He was known around town as “Mr. Handsome.”
Mr. Aragon was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John Aragon, Alphonzo Aragon, Leonard Aragon and Martin Aragon; sisters Anita Martinez, Josephine Roberts and Esther Arguello; son-in-law Hank Vartanian; and parents-in-law, Fidel Nieto and Mollie Martin.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Joanna (John) Ordaz of Salida, Jeanne Vartanian of Tuston, Calif., Donna (Don) Martinez of Pueblo and Janis (Bryant) McDowell of Aurora; sisters, Mildred Aragon, Regina (Jim) Nance and Irene Schwitzer, all of Salida; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 2012, at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 5, 2012, at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Angel of Shavano Hospice, St. Joseph Catholic Church or the Disabled American Veterans, through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lewisandglenn.com.