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Funeraria del Angel Central

3839 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX

OBITUARY

Ricky Olivas

May 21, 1955March 15, 2020
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Ricardo-Ricky Olivas passed away on Sunday, March 15th, 2020. He was 64 years old. Ricky is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Corina, daughter Brenda Lisa, and son Ricky Paul (Buster). Cousins Miggie, Rachel and Irene Torres. In-laws Patsy and Mitch Kraker, Martha and Rick Loya, Robert and Sandy Alva, and several nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by parents’ Father Apolonio and Mother Rufina Olivas, brothers Manuel and Louie Olivas. Ricky suffered a spinal cord injury and went through numerous spinal cord surgeries. Although Ricky was confined to a wheelchair, his outlook in life always remained positive. Ricky’s favorite saying every morning was “I have to Cowboy Up”. As a teenager he was a member of the Ysleta Rough Riders Rodeo Club. Later he became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association where he rode Broncs and Bulls. He won the 1975 Turquoise Circuit Bareback Championship, which the best bronc champ riders in Arizona and New Mexico compete in Ruidoso, NM. Even though Rodeo injuries put him in a wheelchair he still loved it from the bottom of his heart. His other love was his Dallas Cowboys and his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers football program. He also coached the Southeast T-Birds for 34 years and won numerous Little Bowls in youth football, where he was also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. He inspired and motivated people of all ages to be their best, encouraging and believing in every single person he had the pleasure of knowing. He truly loved his T-Bird Family. Even though Ricky was feisty and tougher than nails, he was a softy for children and puppies especially his companions Bailey, Sonny and Roxxy who would keep him company and put smiles on his face. Ricky’s life was never an easy one. His mother passes away when he was 15 years old, he wanted to thank Ms. Carmen and Patsy Scott for helping him through some of the toughest times. Ricky’s real joy were his children, his daughter Brenda Lisa, who Ricky had the pleasure of watching her follow her dreams of graduating from UTEP and become an Educator. His son Ricky Paul was an all-district Running Back and named to the Senior All Star Classic during his high school years and now a student at UTEP. Ricky wanted to thank his wife and life partner for never leaving his side and being the best wife, a man can ask for, without Corina life would have been impossible. Ricky also wanted to thank his true friends for their years of help, visits and phone calls, Ruly De La Rosa, Tommy Duran, Victor Hernandez, Danny Lopez, Mike Contreras, Rick Loya, and Max Flores. The world has lost a great husband, father and friend. Per Ricky’s request his ashes will be spread in Cloudcroft New Mexico at a later date. Visitation will be Monday, March 23, 2020 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm with a Memorial Service at 7:00pm at Funeraria Del Angel Central, 3839 Montana Ave.

  • FAMILY

  • Corina Alva Olivas, Wife
  • Brenda Lisa Olivas, Daughter
  • Ricky Paul Olivas, Son
  • Ricky is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Corina, daughter Brenda Lisa, and son Ricky Paul (Buster). Cousins Miggie, Rachel and Irene Torres. In-laws Patsy and Mitch Kraker, Martha and Rick Loya, Robert and Sandy Alva, and several nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by parents’ Father Apolonio and Mother Rufina Olivas, brothers Manuel and Louie Olivas.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Vigil/ Memorial Service Monday, March 23, 2020

Memories

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Irene Garcia

April 1, 2020

My deepest condolences to the entire Olivas Family. Many great memories, as a T-bird Mom, My son Errick Garcia, known as Pony Tail 1983 Little Bowl Champs. Also My younger brother Charlie Rodriguez ,known as Renegade 1975. Mr. Rick, may you soar with all the Angles🕊🕊 that are waiting above. R.I.P. Rodriguez/Garcia Family. 🕊

Humbert Saenz

March 26, 2020

Corina and family, I have many wonderful memories of Ricky from high school and college. We were both in journalism class at Jefferson and had a few classes together in college. He was a GOOD person who always looked out for everyone and was very genuine when he asked how you were doing. I still remember the 55 gallon drum that was supported by 4 railroad ties and chains that he used in his backyard to practice his bullriding skills. I am saddened by the fact that he had left this Earth, but rest assured that he is in heaven with his Mom, Dad, and brothers. RIP Ricky and may God Bless You and your family , Humbert Saenz

Donna St.Onge-Walls

March 22, 2020

Dear Corina,

My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I remember Ricky from our time working together at State National/M Bank during the 80s where he was respected and well-liked by everyone. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a wicked sense of humor. He was a kind and gentle soul who could also be a total bad ass when warranted. I will always remember Ricky fondly. His legacy lives on in you and your beautiful family. Xoxo, Donna St.Onge-Walls

Angie Navarro

March 20, 2020

My family and I are praying for your family. We send our condolences Ricky was a great man and great coach. Now he has joined Javier up in heaven. God bless you all

Gilbert Garibay Jr

March 20, 2020

To a best friend and neighbor on Feliz. We grew-up together since grade school thru high school and many great memories to remember. My condolences to his family, I will miss you Bullrider!
You will be with all the Angels around you and above you. Your Mom, Dad & brothers are waiting for you!
BooBoo
San Marcos, Tx

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Biography

Ricardo-Ricky Olivas passed away on Sunday, March 15th, 2020. He was 64 years old. Ricky is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Corina, daughter Brenda Lisa, and son Ricky Paul (Buster). Cousins Miggie, Rachel and Irene Torres. In-laws Patsy and Mitch Kraker, Martha and Rick Loya, Robert and Sandy Alva, and several nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by parents’ Father Apolonio and Mother Rufina Olivas, brothers Manuel and Louie Olivas.
Ricky suffered a spinal cord injury and went through numerous spinal cord surgeries. Although Ricky was confined to a wheelchair, his outlook in life always remained positive. Ricky’s favorite saying every morning was “I have to Cowboy Up”. As a teenager he was a member of the Ysleta Rough Riders Rodeo Club. Later he became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association where he rode Broncs and Bulls. He won the 1975 Turquoise Circuit Bareback Championship, which the best bronc champ riders in Arizona and New Mexico compete in Ruidoso, NM. Even though Rodeo injuries put him in a wheelchair he still loved it from the bottom of his heart. His other love was his Dallas Cowboys and his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers football program.
He also coached the Southeast T-Birds for 34 years and won numerous Little Bowls in youth football, where he was also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. He inspired and motivated people of all ages to be their best, encouraging and believing in every single person he had the pleasure of knowing. He truly loved his T-Bird Family.
Even though Ricky was feisty and tougher than nails, he was a softy for children and puppies especially his companions Bailey, Sonny and Roxxy who would keep him company and put smiles on his face. Ricky’s life was never an easy one. His mother passes away when he was 15 years old, he wanted to thank Ms. Carmen and Patsy Scott for helping him through some of the toughest times.
Ricky’s real joy were his children, his daughter Brenda Lisa, who Ricky had the pleasure of watching her follow her dreams of graduating from UTEP and become an Educator. His son Ricky Paul was an all-district Running Back and named to the Senior All Star Classic during his high school years and now a student at UTEP. Ricky wanted to thank his wife and life partner for never leaving his side and being the best wife, a man can ask for, without Corina life would have been impossible.
Ricky also wanted to thank his true friends for their years of help, visits and phone calls, Ruly De La Rosa, Tommy Duran, Victor Hernandez, Danny Lopez, Mike Contreras, Rick Loya, and Max Flores.
The world has lost a great husband, father and friend.
Per Ricky’s request his ashes will be spread in Cloudcroft New Mexico at a later date.
Visitation will be Monday, March 23, 2020 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm with a Memorial Service at 7:00pm at Funeraria Del Angel Central, 3839 Montana Ave.