Rogelio C. Palma

January 7, 1950January 15, 2018
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Rogelio C. Palma was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Kelly always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Kelly was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Kelly was born on January 7, 1950 at home in Presidio, TX. His parents were Jose and Petra Palma. Kelly was raised in Presidio, TX. Always able to express himself well, Kelly possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Kelly was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, Kelly was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Kelly was raised with 8 siblings. He had 4 older brothers, Raul, Ruben, Ismael, Daniel and 2 older sisters, Irene and Beatrice and 1 younger sister, Virginia, and 1 younger brother, Antonio. Kelly had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

Kelly was attentive to Monica's feelings, and he charmed Monica and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Kelly was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

Very much like a kid himself, Kelly identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Kelly was blessed with three children, two daughters, Joann and Sandra, and one son, Rogelio Jr. They were also blessed with 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, Melissa Palma, Amanda Rodriguez, Elijah Palma, Abigail Rodriguez, Kimberly Palma, Rogelio Palma III, Shannon Palma, Shane Palma, Leonidis Palma, Wyatt Rios, Aria Palma, Ruby Palma, Chanson Garrett, and Colton Garrett.

Kelly was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Kelly’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Kelly was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Kelly could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was Public Works Section Chief. He was employed for 31 years by The City of Houston.

Kelly was an Army veteran. Kelly was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in the Headquarters Supply & Company from 1968 to 1970 and spent part of his enlistment in Japan as well as stateside at Fort Ord in California. He achieved the rank of SPC4. He received several awards including a National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

Kelly enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were hunting, collecting firearms, fishing, and working on vehicles. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Kelly held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Kelly truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included traveling to visit family in West Texas and New Mexico.

Kelly was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Kelly’s favorites was Desi, a mixed Pomeranian. They were best friends for twelve years. His family was rounded out by his Blue Healer/Lab mix, Bruno.

When Kelly’s retirement finally came on June 1, 2001, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed.

Kelly passed away on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, TX. He is survived by his wife, Monica; his children, Joann, Sandra, and Rogelio Jr; his 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Services were held at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. Kelly was laid to rest in Grandview Memorial Park in Pasadena, TX.

Kelly was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Kelly had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Rogelio C. Palma.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

  • Celebration of Mass

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018


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Diane Navarro

May 8, 2018

Uncle Roger you are truly missed. Such a kind, gentle man with lots of stories. I will never forget all the weekends I would stay at your house just to play with the kids. Even after working all day long on your cars you and Aunt Monica would load us up and take us for ice cream at Dairy Queen. You always entrusted your kids to me because I was the oldest. I remember never wanting to let you down because I always had so much respect for you. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. Until we meet again Uncle Roger I will carry you in my heart always.

January 26, 2018

My sincere sympathies to Monica and all the family. We grew up in the same town and was brother to my brother-in-law. He was a kind and soft spoken man devoted to his family. He will be missed. He is home now with his Heavenly Father.

Maria Alaniz Raveling

Noreen Rodriguez

January 24, 2018

My Uncle Rojelio "Kelly" Palma was a good man and a wonderful person. He never hesitated when asked for a favor but actually went the step further and usually offered his help and advice. Uncle Kelly was the family communicator. He called everyone to see how they were doing and to catch up on life. He could keep you entertained for hours with his stories. Whenever I visited Houston it never failed that I came back tired and with a cold, even in the summer, because Uncle Kelly wanted to take us everywhere non-stop and show us new and interesting places. I will never forget the tall strong man who years ago took us on the ferry in Galveston in freezing weather just to show us the view. That day he lifted little Marissa up high so she could hold a Frito chip in her hand so the seagull could swoop down and take it from her fingers. When Uncle Kelly put her down we were amazed and a little horrified to see that the seagull had pooped in her hair but later laughed with him about it. We had some great times with Uncle Kelly and our lives are better because he was in it.
Uncle Kelly we love you so very much and will miss you. Until we see you again.

Melissa Palma

January 24, 2018

Grandpa; my teacher, my best friend, my father figure... I was not ready for today nor yesterday but ready for you to go to your eternal home peacefully and not suffer with us as hard as that may seem! As today; January 24,2017 I follow you along with my sisters & family to your resting place and continue your story ... teaching my children(your great grandkids) what you taught me and who I became... I love you my friend, hero, My GRANDPA

Paul Cavazos

January 24, 2018

My beloved Father-in-Law, I'm truly going to miss you! Today January 24th 2018, I helped carried you to your final mass aswell as to your enternal resting place. It's been truly an honor to be able to care for you as you cared for me. I will always remember you, and I remember all those wonderful moments I had with you! My you Rest In Peace Roger!

Mandy Rodriguez

January 23, 2018

I honestly don't know where to start.. Grandpa you were my superhero. You were always there for me as well as all your grandkids no matter where, when, or time. You've taught me so many life lessons to list, I didn't know at the time until I had kids of my own. I will teach my boys what you taught me. I love you grandpa, I know you're watching down on us now as heaven gained another angel.


January 23, 2018

Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the Palma family and friends for the passing of your dear loved one. Losing a loved one in death is never easy. One day many will have the opportunity to live again. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time (John 17:3). When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace.

joe zamora

January 19, 2018

From the Zamora Family, So sorry for your loss. Our condolences. We will miss our hunting buddy very much.. Joe and Victor Zamora

Mary Briagas

January 19, 2018

I don't know we're to start from. I still can't believe you ain't here no more brother-in-law. There so much great memories. I will never forget for what you done for me and my family. You were always there lending me a hand working on my vehicles. That day were I was in the street and had no place to go you were there. Thank you. I will always remember you always calling me guera or guera choreada never you called me by my name. Thank you.P.S I wonder were I got that name from. Remembering when we went to Mexico and the fun we had with the family. Thanks for always giving that love to my sister and and sticking to each other in the good and bad times. The love you have for her was just something strong y'all had.
Brother in-law I miss you and luv you. You will be missed forever and forever in our hearts.
R.I.P Mr. Roger Palma

Marlen Mendoza

January 19, 2018

From the Mendoza Family.No words can explain. I don't know were to start. Tio you were such a good man and caring person. You were always there to lend a hand to whoever needed it. I am use to seeing you always with your cup of water with ice working on trucks or Helping my madrina out. Your love for her was so big.I still can't believe you left us but I know you are up there watching us. Thank you for taking care of me when I was little when my parents went out of town. Thank you. Your an amazing tio. So much good
memories of you tio. R.I.P Tio Roger Palma