OBITUARY

Richard Gonzalez Campos Jr.

March 28, 1956September 4, 2021
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Richard “Dickie or Rick” Gonzalez Campos Jr.

El Paso, Texas – Richard graduated from Riverside High School, Class of 1974; and was affectionately called Dickie by his family; and Rick by his friends and associates. During his high school years, he was lovingly known for his poetry, reading, editorials, and harmonizing his voice with his family. He served the US Navy from 1974 – 1978 as a Cryptologic Technician. His most loved ship was the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and his favorite companion while underway was contraband he brought onboard from a forbidden city in Japan – a guitar. Be it known by the “Ruler of the Raging Man” Neptunus Rex and His Majesty Scribe, Davy Jones, that Dickie had been duly initiated in the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of Shellbacks while traversing in the Southern Philippine Sea. Contrary to his favorite ship, he greatly emphasized that his time served on a destroyer made him sick to his stomach. During his time in the Navy, Dickie’s most important memory was the surprise letter he received from a suitor identified by his mom. Aurora Imai and Irma Najera had met at a Child Development Workshop at Bowie High School. Aurora knew Irma was the “one” and encouraged her to write a letter to her son who was serving in the Navy. Dickie and Irma started a pen pal relationship. Eventually, Irma was invited to visit Dickie at Pearl Harbor. While Irma was visiting, Dickie bought a carton of milk and drank from it, expired and leaky. Dickie ended up in the hospital and Irma nurtured him back to health. Dickie fell in love with Irma during his recovery, and Hawaii would forever hold a special memory so dear to them both. After serving in the Navy, Dickie served as a 911 Dispatch Supervisor for the city of El Paso in order to have a foundation to which to ask Irma to marry him. Dickie would tell Irma that he loved her more than a “Gibson Guitar.” Dickie and Irma would marry 29 March 1980, one day after his birthday, a joke between Dickie and Irma, that the day would never be easily forgotten. Dickie and Irma raised four children together, Stephanie, Aubrey, Richard, and Jenna. Dickie’s love for his wife and family would drive Dickie to pursue great and wonderful things, an education from UTEP, computer consultant with Litton PRC, returning to the City of El Paso as an Enterprise Applications Manager, finding and receiving Christ through baptism, serving at his church and living for God daily. His love for fishing, golfing, guitar, treasure hunting and Bigfoot can be seen in the photos and through the eyes of his children and grandkids. Dickie was a playful human being with a great sense of humor. His second mom, Juanita Najera, would one day visit their home requiring the use of the microwave. With an aging microwave, usually the “minute” button is worn and illegible. Irma, loving daughter, would take a sharpie and circle the “minute” button guiding her mother to the proper use. Dickie, would happen upon the microwave and place an “X” diagonal to the Circle. When asked, why the “X?” Dickie responded, “Aren’t we playing Tic Tac Toe?” Dickie has a great sense of humor, ask any of his children to tell the Ether Bunny Joke around Easter. Richard “Dickie” Gonzalez Campos Jr., age 65, was called to Heaven September 4, 2021 after battling COVID; one day after his beloved wife’s birthday… so the joke between Dickie and Irma would survive after his passing. Born in El Paso, Richard was a loving son, brother, husband, father, Grandpa and Paka. He is survived by his mom, Aurora Imai; siblings, Catherine Campos (Yanez), Louie Imai, Robert “Bobby” Imai, Arthur Imai, Patricia “Patsy” Imai; Kevin Campos, Kerwin Campos, his loving wife, Irma Campos; his children, Stephanie Anchondo (Raymond), Aubrey Houze (Danny), Richard Campos, Jenna Freeman (Austin); grandchildren (Stephanie) Elijah, Miracle, Faith, Uriah, Anahi; grandchildren (Aubrey) Ethan, Liam; grandchildren (Jenna) Adeline, Emmalyn. He is preceded in death by his dad, Luis H. Imai, and father, Richard Gonzalez Campos Sr.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home West. Committal Service will be Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with Military Honors.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hillcrestfhwest.com for the CAMPOS family.

  • FAMILY

  • Irma Campos, Wife
  • Richard Anthony Campos, Son
  • Stephanie Anchondo (Raymond), Daughter
  • Aubrey Houze (Danny), Daughter
  • Jenna Freeman (Austin), Daughter
  • Elijah Archuleta, Grandchild
  • Miracle Archuleta, Grandchild
  • Faith Archuleta, Grandchild
  • Uriah Archuleta, Grandchild
  • Anahi Anchondo, Grandchild
  • Ethan Houze, Grandchild
  • Ethan Houze, Grandchild
  • Liam Houze, Grandchild
  • Adeline Freeman, Grandchild
  • Emmalyn Freeman, Grandchild
  • Louie Emai, Brother
  • Robert Imai, Brother
  • Arthur Imai, Brother
  • Kevin Campos, Brother
  • Kerwin Campos, Brother
  • Catherine Campos (Yañez), Sister
  • Patsy Imai, Sister

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Prayer Service

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Committal

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

Memories

Richard Gonzalez Campos Jr.

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CATHERINE CAMPOS (YANEZ)

September 21, 2021

My Dearest Brother,
You're parting has really left an empty place in my heart, I am broken in a million pieces.
I will forever miss you as long as I am here on Earth without your presence. I know you're in a beautiful place with the Lord, but somehow we were not ready for you to leave, and just knowing that perhaps this could have been avoided with the vaccine, though some may contradict at this point it's irrelevant to me. I love you so much and I am so lost just knowing you are not here. I know people tell me I should be happy you're not suffering, but I am suffering, we are suffering, mom is suffering . And I know, we will meet again but in the meantime our pain will never really go away. I miss you, you're such a good man, so kind and loving, a bright light, a gentle bear that made such an impact in many people's lives. I hope you were appreciated like you deserved to be. Your family misses you, we miss you, this should not be this way, there was still so much to do, and many grandchildren to do it with, fishing, camping, laughing. Your siblings looking forward to celebrate your so much deserved retirement with you. I could go on and on, but what good will that do me, it won't bring you back.
In the meantime I will ask Jehovah God to please give me strength, give mom strength, he knows she is suffering with this. I will pray for my Siblings and extended family.
I Love you my Brother, my Hero, my Shipmate ⚓
Rest easy now. I will see you on the other side.
"Fair winds, and following Seas."
I Love You💙💔⚓

Armando Renteria

September 15, 2021

Irma our sincere condolences to you and the entire family. Rick was a good friend that made the world a better place. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time.
Armando and Ceci Renteria

Mark Denton

September 14, 2021

Many years ago while working in El Paso Irma invited her co-workers to dinner with her family. Luckily I decided to go and in doing so I had the opportunity to meet Richard, the most gracious person I have ever known.
I don’t think Richard ever met a stranger and he welcomed me into his family as a long lost friend. Over the years we spent many a night playing guitars on his porch (as a much better player he certainly showed his capacity for patience with me). Richard made it clear that while in town I always had an open invitation.
A great guy, a great friend, I’m proud to call him mine.

Esther Hijar Herrera

September 14, 2021

Our sincere condolences to The Families. Tía Aurora I send you a big hug! My condolences to all! R.I.P. Cousin, may Perpetual Light Always Shine upon You 🌟💐Hijar & Herrera family

Jesus Elizondo

September 13, 2021

I have many memories of Richard.
In the late seventies Richard met Irma and we would visit them and they would visit us Richard would always carry his guitar. the luxury of Richard was that he could read music so he had a big book.with hundreds of songs . Whatever page you would turn to and would point out he would start playing and we would start singing. We would sing The Beatles the eagles but one song that always would come to mind. We didn't need the book Richard knew it was my favorite, we would probably Sing it about 3 times in one night. Billy Joe the piano man. The Sudden loss of Richard was a shock to all of us.
Our deepest sympathies God-bless Irma and the family.


Rose Mary (Kautz) Vasquez

September 11, 2021

Cathy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Richard. I remember how close you and he always were. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and may God give you peace and comfort at this very difficult time. I am only a phone call away or a text message away if you ever need someone to talk to or just to listen. Take Care!
A friend for Always,
Rose Mary

Jenid Morlett

September 9, 2021

"Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honour far more precious dear than life." - Shakespeare

The Morlett family offers our heartfelt condolences to the Campos family. We pray for peace and comfort for your loved ones at this difficult time.

- Extended family of Catherine Campos (Yanez)

Shelly Araujo

September 8, 2021

Irma, I know Richard must be smiling in heaven at the beautiful memories you are sharing with all of us. During our working time together, I only heard you say loving, wonderful things about him and the family the two of you so loved. What a blessing you are to his memory and all your family and friends and my prayers are with you that the grief passes quickly and the loving memories make you smile each day.

Roberto Castaneda

September 8, 2021

Mr. Rick, thank you for always being there for me. It was an honor and a privilege to work and learn from someone like you. I will always cherish the time we spent working on different projects, having a cup of coffee or just talking about any topic. I know, I'm a better person because I got to know you. I already miss you my friend. Your buddy and DBA, Roberto.

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