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Odessa Funeral Home

1700 North Jackson, Odessa, TX

OBITUARY

Richard Cortez

June 16, 1948September 7, 2020
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Richard Cortez passed away peacefully in his home on September 7, 2020 in Midland, Texas at the age of 72.

Richard is survived by his mother, Dora Cortez, his four daughters, Christine Matta, Angela Ingle, Valerie Cortez and Sabrina Cortez, his son-in-law, Jeffrey Matta, grand-children, Aimee Matta and Jeffrey Matta Jr., great-granddaughter, Kamryn Sissel all of Odessa. His sisters, Connie Delgado, Yolanda Herrera, Lydia Cortez, Rosie Silva, Elvia Munoz, Frances Hernandez, Brenda Cortez and Lisa Cortez and one brother, Martin Cortez, Jr.

Richard is survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family. He is preceded in death by his father, Martin Cortez, sisters; Hope Cortez, Sylvia Bustos, Paula Mackowiak, and Hortencia Mancha.

Richard was born June 16, 1948 in Elmendorf, Texas He was a proud Marine that served in Vietnam. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Richard attended Arizona State University and played football. Coming back to Odessa, he earned a bachelor’s degree at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and worked several years as an engineer at Texas Instruments. Richard loved collecting coins and stamps and various other collectibles. Richard loved his family and was generous to all he encountered. He was honored to be chosen to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country through the Texas Honor Flight Program. He believed highly in education and hard work and encouraged his children to pursue their dreams. Richard touched many lives and will be dearly missed.

Funeral Pallbearers: Jeff Matta, Sr., Jeff Matta Jr., Juan Delgado III, Casey Mancha, Eric Mancha, Andy Carrasco, Thomas Carrasco and Daniel Bustos.

The family would like to thank his daily caregivers for their dedication.

Visitation will be held at Odessa Funeral Home, 1700 N. Jackson on September 16, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the Rosary to begin at 7 p.m. Funeral services to be held Thursday, September 17, 2020 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Odessa at 10 a.m. followed by interment at the Peaceful Garden section of the Ector County Cemetary.

Mask and social distancing will be required as to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Disabled American Veterans.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

Memories

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Joni Sims

September 15, 2020

I have so many great memories of you Tio! My most favorite is when you would dress up as Santa Clause and read, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. You always made our Christmas so special! This past Christmas you stood up and walked across the room and we were all so happy for you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories and the love you showed all of us nieces and nephews. You will be missed!

Aaron Vega

September 11, 2020

Always had good memories when we would go visit him I always remember the baseball cards!we could look but don't touch! My prayers for the family.
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