Valley Funeral Home

2121 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA


Richard Ornelas

April 3, 1923July 25, 2019

Richard Ornelas was born on April 3, 1923 in Mexico City, D.F. Mexico. He was an excellent student, proud to have received his education at French schools, and enjoyed speaking both Spanish and French until his final days. Raised deeply Catholic by his parents, especially his mother whom he adored, he joined the Franciscan Brothers Order at the age of 28 and remained in seminary with them for 13 years. In 1959, he emigrated to the U.S. to live and study with them at Roger Bacon College in El Paso, Texas. Those were powerful days for him, studying engineering, constructing a swimming pool by hand, and ministering at juvenile detention centers. Yet, he had always longed to have his own family. In 1964, he received formal Papal permission to leave the Franciscan seminary. He relocated to California where he lived a very simple life in Stockton, California. There he learned accounting which secured him a position as a District Manager at Aero Mexico Airlines and allowed him travel, which he loved. His new career brought him to Los Angeles in 1965 where he met his future wife, Esperanza (Linda) Diaz at the age of 42. They married on April 3, 1965 and began a family which quickly grew to include the births of 5 children- Mary, Elizabeth, Linda, Laura and Rick between 1966-1971. The family lived briefly in Tucson, AZ, Mexico City, and eventually the family settled in Burbank, California. There Richard obtained his long-time job as an accountant for Trans-Australia Airlines where he went on to become Chief Financial Officer. For the next 25 years his priority became educating his 5 children through Catholic schools. After retirement, Richard moved to Santa Maria, CA to live near his son in 2005. During this time, he began his routine of daily mass and enjoyed teaching traveling priests how to celebrate mass in both English and Spanish. As he aged, his family requested that he move closer to them in Los Angeles and he re-settled in Arcadia, CA in 2012. While in Arcadia he enjoyed attending daily mass at Holy Angels church, watching EWTN & soccer, reading, and embracing his new community at Arcadia Gardens Retirement Hotel. His final month of life his children moved him to St. John of God Retirement & Care Center in Los Angeles. This gave Richard and his family great comfort as he lived amongst an order of Brothers. Richard passed away completely at peace in his sleep at St. John of God on July 25, 2019. He was 96. Richard is survived by Linda, the mother of his children; Mary, Elizabeth, Laura, Rick, and grandchildren- Ciarra, Kinsey, Zachary, Hailee, Kieran, Madyson, and Teagan. Any donations in Richard Ornelas’ name may be made to Holy Angels church in Arcadia, California.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Reception Friday, August 9, 2019


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Luis Canudas Ornelas

August 8, 2019

Today we thank God for Richard´s life and celebrate his entrance to heaven.
Richard had a full life in every way.
Man of great spirituality, standing out for his faith and hope that made him a person always cheerful and worried about others.
God granted us to reach him alive and have the opportunity to say goodbye and see that he was fully prepared and at peace to leave this world.
We join in thanksgiving for his wonderful life and we are sure that from heaven he will continue to motivate us to be persevering in the faith.
Rest in peace our dear Uncle Richard.

Maria Araceli Podsiadly

August 6, 2019

Linda, Mary, Lizzy, Laura & Ricky.
"You are in my thoughts "
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who comfort you in this difficult times.
Rejoice Richard "Tio Cado" rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ in everlasting life.
Thank you for sharing your love for my dad.
I will surely miss you.
We love you .
Pray for us

Maria Luisa Ornelas de Higuera

August 3, 2019

Richard Ornelas was a great man. He was unique person because had time to share with everyone his love for God, family and friends, shared his knowledge and spirit of fighting against any trouble. Rest in peace and please uncle Richard, continue praying for us from heaven.