RICARDO GONZALEZ, JR.
FEBRUARY 13, 1973- MARCH 24, 2021
Ricardo “Ricky” Gonzalez, Jr., 48, was granted his angel wings on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. and joined our Lord in His heavenly kingdom.
Ricky was a proud graduate of Cigarroa High School Class of 1991. He went on to receive his B.S. in Business Administration in 1996. Rick was an avid baseball fanatic and overall sports fan, who loved to cheer on his beloved Houston Astros, Tennessee Titans, and San Antonio Spurs.
His love for baseball included his early years as an American Little League player in South Laredo who later went on to volunteer as a coach and hold office as Vice President. As a little league player, he made the All-Star team several years. As a Cigarroa Toro, Rick played in the winning District Title for football in 1990 as well as baseball District Title in 1991. He excelled in all outfield positions but his favorite one was as a second baseman. Rick loved Tejano music and was more than ready for any dance, concert, or a road trip.
Rick worked for the Texas Workforce Commission for over 15 years. He recently garnered the position of supervisor overseeing the El Paso and Laredo offices. Rick often mentioned his staff with pride – the Laredo staff who were former co-workers and the new staff in El Paso. He was so looking forward to the opportunity it represented to build a great team.
Ricky had many interests and many friends. But Rick was a family man. He was very close to his small close-knit family. He was the third born of four siblings; all of whom remained close as they grew up. Among many other interests, all were avid sports enthusiasts (mom, dad, brothers, sister, spouses, partner, kids) and many times traveled together to Astros, Spurs, and Longhorn games. “Tio” Ricky was a proud uncle to three nephews and one niece, all of whom he loved as his own. He was also very close to his Tia Blandy. The last six years of his life were happily shared with the love of his life Juany who stood by him with great love and positivity. Rick never ever complained about the health card he was dealt but was always positive – up to his untimely demise. It never stopped him from enjoying a full, fun “normal” life. We miss his jokes, his teasing, his laugh, his huge hugs so very much.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Taurino and Adela M. Gonzalez, his maternal grandparents; Bernardo and Cira S. Gamez, his aunts and uncles; Oscar T. Gonzalez, Alicia Peña, Isabel G. Serbantez, Juan Gamez, brother-in-law Ramiro Segovia and uncle Charles W. Haught.
Left to honor and cherish his memory is his life-long partner San Juana Rangel; his loving parents, Ricardo and Santiaga Gonzalez, Sr., close-knit siblings; Gary (Cheli) Gonzalez, Jessica Gonzalez, Saul Gonzalez, his loving niece & nephews; Gary Gonzalez, Jr., Ramiro (Rami) Segovia, Jr., Krystal Alexis Segovia, Carlos “Charlie” Segovia, loving aunt M. Blandina G. Haught; uncles, Guadalupe Roberto (Petra) Gonzalez, and Ricardo Pena of Laredo, aunt Elvira Gamez of San Antonio, as well as many loving cousins, friends and other relatives in San Antonio, Alice, Corpus Christi, Premont, Indiana, and Michigan.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday morning, March 31, 2021, departing at 9:50 a.m. from Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels to Christ the King Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gary Gonzalez, Saul Gonzalez, Ramiro Segovia Jr., Gary Gonzalez, Jr., Charlie Segovia and Krystal Segovia
The family is thankful and touched for the myriad of stories and anecdotes of how Ricky impacted their lives at work and at play. Although we cannot thank everyone individually please be assured that all Facebook and other social media about our Ricky is wholeheartedly appreciated.
The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to the Nephrologists Dr. Chalit Wanthakawikran, Dr. Grace McNutt, and the nurses, nutritionists, therapists, and all the staff of Hope Kidney Clinic for their support and kind care.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.