José Rafael Rigual, M.D., "Chico", age 96, passed away March 31, 2023 in Oklahoma City. Chico was born June 8, 1926, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.
Chico was an accomplished student and physician in Oklahoma City; also certified to practice medicine and surgery in Puerto Rico. He received his Oklahoma State Medical license in 1950, Residency of Otorhinolaryngology in 1955-1958, American Board of Otolaryngology in 1965, was a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in 1964 and fellow of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After practicing medicine for over 50 years, he took over his father 's business in Puerto Rico, eventually returning to Oklahoma City.

Chico served his country in the United States Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal for being a Ground Operations and Commander in the Korean War.

He loved spending time with his devoted wife Pat, family, and friends. He was an avid OU football fan, enjoying traveling and life. Chico had a unique style of storytelling, being a jokester and entertaining everyone.

Pat and Chico owned several World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking horses and was recognized for his contribution to the breed and inducted into the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Rafael Rigual and Rosaura Capre of Puerto Rico, and two sisters. He is survived by wife, Pat; daughter, Maria Antonia Hill; son, Jose, R. Rigual III; daughter Angela Renee Smith, husband Kevin; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Chico was truly a great man whose impact will be forever felt by his family and always carry his memory in our hearts.
A private memorial service for immediate family was held.