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Katy Funeral Home

23350 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX

OBITUARY

Ricardo De Leon

March 19, 1950November 1, 2019
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Ricardo Morado De Leon passed away peacefully on November 1st, 2019 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.

Ricardo or known as Richard by his close friends and family was born on March 19, 1950 in Harlingen, Texas. He was the son of Manuel and Guadalupe De Leon who both predeceased him. He attended University of Texas at Brownsville formerly known as Texas Southmost College where he graduated with an Associate degree in Applied Science Radiologic Technology. He moved to Houston, Texas 1985 after falling in love with his soul mate, Maria Abarquez De Leon.

Richard retired from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after 24 years of service. Richard was known by his colleagues for his strong work ethic and vast knowledge, which was utilized by mentoring other technologists.

Richard was a loyal and loving husband. A loving father, brother, and friend. His sense of humor and kind nature were always very welcoming to anyone who knew him. He will be immensely missed by all who knew him.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Maria De Leon, two children Charles De Leon and Megan Barria, Son in Law Justin Barria, and a loving dog, Duke.

The De Leon family would like to give special thanks to Trinity Hospice Care and staff for taking great care of Richard in his final days of life.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 8, 2019

Memories

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Caleb Pastrana

November 8, 2019

Sometimes in life we take things for granted. Your guidance, compassion and love are some things I wish I could have surrounded myself with a little bit more, but nonetheless I am grateful for the impact you have had in shaping my life. Your house was the place where I had my first sleepover ever. Because of you I made one of my first true friends. I remember staying the night at your place and you and Maria having food for us all the next morning. Seems like a small kind gesture but to a kid from the inner city who had never had anyone he could trust seeing you open your doors and taking the time to feed me meant the world. You gave me solid advice when I was troubled and although I was immature at the time I still remember your every word and will ensure to carry those with me for life. I know my brother Charles will carry your legacy to great heights and we will all carry a bit of you in our dna forever. Thank you so much for everything Mr.Richard, your laugh and everything about you will be missed. We have all gained an angel in our favor in heaven. Rest In Peace. I’ll see you in paradise soon.

Geovanny Anderson

November 7, 2019

What can I say, when words can’t describe the impact you’ve had in my life. I remember the hope I received when I was in your home after escaping the turmoil in mine. You showed me how to be a husband and a father by the way you lived your life. I’ve never seen such devotion and love in someone’s eyes like you and Momma (Maria). I remember on one occasion I was eavesdropping on a conversation on you and Maria just because I thought “Wow...I’ve never heard them argue. Not once...that’s crazy” I will forever cherish our conversations and advice you gave me on the porch about life while watching the sunset or the lake at night. Conversations and advice my father didn’t even give me. I called you my second Dad.
When I look at your life I see an incredible success story. A beautiful marriage, truly wonderful children, and a loving home. (OMG and amazing food.)
You were a Godly man that showed the fruits of the spirit which are Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control according to Galatians 5:22.
Thank you and your family for being a blessing in our lives especially in mine. You will be forever loved and missed. Charlie, Erik and I will sing karaoke with you soon.

I’ll see you later “Dad” I love you.

God bless you and Rest In Peace.

Justin Barria

November 6, 2019

As the days go by it doesn’t seem to get easier knowing that you won’t be there but I know that strength is all that we can ask for. I don’t think I could thank you enough for every gracious memory you have provided. From the Sunday of BBQs while watching the Cowboys to Megan and I’s beautiful wedding day. Watching you and Megan share a dance was a highlight of that night. Thank you for being an immaculate father/ husband figure. You set the standard high as far as how much love you can provide with the amount of devotion you showed Maria. I hope that one day Megan and I could mirror the incredible parents you two are. I just want you to know that I treasure Megan and give everything to her. While it saddens me knowing that you’re no longer with us, I know that you are enjoying kingdom come and watching over all of us. May you Rest In Peace and like you always said “see you later, never goodbye”

Love
Justin

Frank Ong

November 6, 2019

There are only a handful of people that are in your life long enough to make a meaningful impact. Richard was one of those people. Our history dates back almost a decade during my early days in college when I would always seek his wisdom where it was difficult to find. What I will always remember are his hardy chuckles to my ridiculous stories and his personal experiences that he was willing to share with me. They were windows into who Richard really was- a loving and caring person. Thank you for all the great memories Richard.

Love,
Frank

Alex Park

November 6, 2019

My favorite memory of Mr. De Leon was when he used to coach me and Charlie at the basketball courts at Hancock elementary school. Since I never played basketball before, he taught me how to play basketball by teaching me how to do the "granny shot", and made me and Charlie play 1 on 1 basketball. Charlie was a lot more experienced in basketball than me, and I beat Charlie only using the "granny shot" which brought Charlie to tears, and Mr. De Leon a great amount of disappointment.

Since then, from 1st grade all the way until 7th, I spent the night at Charlie's house almost every weekend. Mr. De Leon would pick me up, and take me and Charlie to the movies, to the arcades, and anything we asked for. I still remember all the rides in the back of the Tundra and all the times we would bang our heads in the back seat of the truck. He was always welcoming and treated me like his own child. He was like a father to me growing up, and someone I had a great amount of love and respect for. He will be missed.

Priscilla Igori

November 6, 2019

Hello dearest Maria, family and dear friends of Ricardo. Please accept our deepest, most heartfelt condolences. May you find strength and serenity in having a lifetime of joyful, beautiful memories of such an honorable, legendary, loving, reputable and awesome husband. May you have peace in knowing that Ricardo is resting in the loving arms and presence of our Lord and Savior Rest in perfect peace sir.

Ahmad Nakawa

November 6, 2019

I was very saddened to find out about Richard’s passing. Growing up, Charles and I were close friends, so naturally I’ve spent a lot of time at their house, where I met the rest of Charles’ kind and loving family. I always felt like Richard treated me as one of the family and gave me endless wise advice. Years ago, I moved away for a while and stopped by to say my goodbyes, he told me “it’s never goodbye, it’s always see you later.” I wish I was able to see you before you passed away but as you’ve told me, “it’s never goodbye, it’s always see you later.” See you later Richard, Rest easy.

CHARLES De Leon

November 5, 2019

Rest In Everlasting Paradise Dad. There is no possible way for me to explain the impact and joy you have brought into my life. You were as tough as steel, yet so kind and loving. Very wise and so silly with your humor. Always making sure Mom, Megan and I were taken care first. You always wanted the best for us and always tried your best to provide and put smiles on our faces. Thank you for putting me into sports and participating with me throughout the years. I love you with all my heart Dad and I am extremely proud of you. You will live forever in my heart!

Azam Tewelde

November 5, 2019

My dear friend & coworker Richard, what can I say I am sad, but I also know where you are there is no pain, only peace. From the day we met @ MD Anderson in CT you never called me by my name always chula . I loved your gentle and kind personality . Will always remember you dear friend until we meet again. Rest easy and in peace God bless🙏🏿❣️

Sherri Holcombe

November 5, 2019

Richard was one of a kind. He always had a joke to tell you that would brighten your day and was willing to share his knowledge of CT. He loved his family and was compassionate to his patients. I learned a lot from Richard. He will be missed but never forgotten.❤

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