On 12/11/13 Phillip C. Aranguena, 88, of Elko, Nevada, was called home to be with Jesus. He was born July 28, 1925, in Elko, NV, to Phillip B. and Julia Aranguena. He has lived in Elko his entire life. He graduated from Elko High in 1943. That same year he joined the U.S. Army, where he was trained to be a surgical technician. He was stationed at a field hospital in Leyte and a General Hospital in Manilla, Philippines. He was honorably discharged in December 1946.
Shortly before his 21st birthday he became a bartender at the old Pioneer Hotel, to relieve his dad for a 2-week vacation and remained there for 2 years.
He later attended auto and diesel mechanics school in Los Angeles for 1 year. He worked for Bellinger Motors, the County and State Highways and Stenovich Motors as a mechanic and parts man.
In 1967 he and his wife, Betty, who he married in February 1959, purchased “Our Store”, a small neighborhood grocery store on North 5th St. After 5 years they sold the business and he worked at the Commercial Hotel for 2 years as the purchasing agent. He was then employed for the next 17 years by the Nevada Department of Taxation as a revenue officer, until his retirement in October 1991.
His dad taught him and his brother Noel to camp, fish and hunt as young boys and he enjoyed these activities throughout his life.
Phil and Betty become involved with square dancing in 1977 and helped form the Sagebrush Spinners Club. They were the callers and teachers for 12 years, traveling to many states for dances and festivals. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing, camping and RVing.
For 5 years Phil was chairman for the Winter Raffle, which was held to help raise money for both the old and new Senior Center. He also made 750 “Dime-n-Pins”, with donations of $5 each they contributed $3,750.00 to the new Terrace Senior Center building fund.
Survivors include wife, Betty, brother, Noel of South Fork, stepdaughter Jackie Lynne Neubeiser (Mike) of Santa Fe, NM, stepson Russ C. Hastings of Elko, NV, 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces, 1 nephew, numerous great- nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. Cremation will be at Burns Crematory. As per his request there will be no memorial service.
Donations may be made to Animal House of Elko 775-340-5884.