Johnny "Kono" Aguirre, Sr.

Johnny “Kono” Aguirre, Sr., entered the gates of heaven on July 28, 2020 at the age of 64. He was surrounded by his children when he entered eternal life. He was born on August 4, 1955 in New Braunfels to the late Miguel O. Aguirre and Evangelina “Vangie” Castaneda Aguirre. Johnny "Kono", a life-long resident of New Braunfels, was a 1974 graduate of New Braunfels High School. He spent a few years employed in trade-work jobs, including Camp Warnecke and Ingram Ready Mix, before moving into the Alcohol Sales and Distribution industry with Lone Star Beer, Miller Beer, and Tri-City Distributors. Ultimately, he would find his joy in being his own boss and took to entrepreneurship where he owned, co-owned, and managed Kono's Sports Bar, Los Gallos Restaurant (for 10 years), The 55 Sports Bar and most recently, New Braunfels Tortilleria. In his younger years, Kono was very active in New Braunfels Little League then later, the Braves and Travelers teams through city softball leagues. "Kono" loved his family and friends fiercely and will be remembered for his love of good music, including his most favorite band, Little Joe Y la Familia, good company as shown in his ability to make lifelong friends, and having a good time dancing, playing golf, watching sports, playing cards, horse races, Notre Dame, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers. Johnny was preceded in death by his father, Miguel O. Aguirre, his mother, “Vangie”, whom his heart still ached for, and a brother-in-law, Adolfo Hernandez. He is survived by his children, Stephanie Armendariz (Rene), Marisela Lopez (Omar) and Johnny Aguirre, Jr. (Falon); grandchildren, Christian, Nicholas, Isabel, Elena, Jacob, Joslin, Caden, Sofia and Bronx; siblings, Mike (Diana), Judy, Gerard and Vickie (Raul). In addition, “Kono” is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and the Gomez Boys. "Kono" also had many friends, whom he considered family, who will surely mourn his loss. Pallbearers will include some of his closest friends; Javier Nieto, Sr., Gonzalo Paiz, Jr., Clemente Morales, Romeo Rosales, Eloy Nava, Marcos Orozco, Robert Medina, and Lorenzo Camarillo Until we meet again... "Bueno Bye". Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with the recitation of the Holy Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 3, 2020 at the Lux Funeral Home Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. All services will end at the conclusion of the Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning. Services will follow all social distancing guidelines.

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  1. My condolences to the Aguirre family…Kono was a good hearted person always a gentleman. May he rest in peace. Clara (Lucha) Sanchez

  2. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kono. You will be greatly missed. Thank you for all the fun times we shared together throughout the years, especially this past year. May you Rest In Peace, until we meet again. Love you forever, “La Babe”, Eian and Ethan.

  3. My sincere condolences to the Aguirre Family. Rest in Peace My Brother. 🙏🙏🙏 Richard (Gonzo) Gonzales

  4. My sympathy and condolences to Kono‘s family.This is a great loss and he will certainly be missed. He was a true friend to all those around him. He had a beautiful smile and a very gracious and giving heart to all his Family and Friends. Kono made a name for himself, He will never be forgotten, Janie Molina Gonzales

  5. so sorry for your loss. will will miss him so much. he was a great friend to all the reyes family. are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. love johnny and veronica reyes and ramona reyes

  6. My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you You willed be missed dearly. Sincerely, Marie Taylor

  7. To the family and friends of Johnny, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hector and Rachel Castaneda

  8. I send you all the Aguirre Family my most sincere sympathy of the passing of “Kono”. May he Rest In Peace with his parents Micky & Vangie…May God give you comfort during this difficult time. God Bless you all. Mary Jane Partida & family

  9. Our condolences to you and your family. He will be missed greatly we have lots of great memories with him.

  10. Kono….what a Great person he was….I worked with Kono at Miller. Kono would come to our house and would sit and talk with my dad! My dad and myself loved Kono to ends of this Earth…..My Friend will be missed by all that loved him! Tommy Baker

  11. Our prayers and sincere condolences to our Aguirre cousins. Heaven has another smiling angel. Rest In Peace, Johnny! Love, Luis & Zulema Gonzales

  12. Our deepest sympathy and condolences. We will keep your Dad, in our prayers and in our hearts. Love you all.

  13. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  14. Our sincere condolences go out to the Aguirre Family. Kono will always remain in our hearts. Rest peacefully Kono, XOXO

  15. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

  16. Our condolences, our prayers are with you and your family San Marcos CDRJ

  17. My deepest and sincere condolence to all the family. May the tears you shed today be replaced with smile with all the wonderful memories you shared with “Kono”

  18. My sincere condolences. I will me you Johnny but never firgotten! Prayers and strength for all. 🙏🙏🙏

  19. Our most sincere condolences to the Aguirre family. To Johnny Jr and Marisela. It is with great sadness and pain due to Corona virus that we can’t attend the services but our prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Kono was and always be a good friend of ours RIP compi!!! Rick n Lucinda Zavala!

  20. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, I have known Kono for many years, considered him a close family friend, he was a great dancer, I will miss dancing and talking to him, I’m sure he’s up in heaven with Jr and Launch drinking and having a great time talking about all of us. Del

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