OBITUARY

Richard B. Meneses

May 7, 1927November 21, 2018
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Richard B. Meneses was a life-long resident of San Antonio, Texas. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Carmen B. Meneses; brothers, Victor Meneses, George Meneses, Nemecio Meneses, Rudy Meneses, and sisters Ruby Meneses, Bea Dixon, Mamie Zuniga, and his parents, Felix A. Meneses and Mercedes B. Meneses. He is survived by his wife, Lynette Meneses; son, Richard B. Meneses, Jr. and daughter-in-law Patsy Meneses; daughters, Evelyn M. Almaguer and son-in-law Edward Almaguer, Zelda Meneses-Reus and son-in-law, Brian W. Reus, step-daughters, Rachel Bravo and Sylvia Friesenhahn, and step-son, Dale Sheff. Grandchildren are Tommy Meneses, Regina Meneses-Casillas, John Almaguer, Joyce Almaguer-Reisdorf, Brian G. Henderson, Christopher M. Henderson. Great-grandchildren: David Reisdorf, Carmen Reisdorf, Jude Anderson Meneses, and Blair Grace Henderson, Alessa C. Meneses.

Richard served in the Army/Air Corp. from 1945 - 1947, drafted at age 18. He was a mechanic at Stakke Garage until 1952. He was then employed by the San Antonio Transit Co. (later renamed VIA Metropolitan Transit) from 1952 to 1982. Initially hired as a painter, he became foreman of the paint shop. He joined the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local Chapter 694, and became a lifetime member after 50 years of continuous membership. After retirement from the transit company, he started his own top-soil delivery business. As a past-time, he loved doing yard work and maintenance of his house and vehicles.

A member of Huisache Ave. Baptist Church, he gave his life to Christ on May 6, 1962. He served faithfully there for several years as a church bus driver and Sunday School Superintendent. He often reflected that those were the "happiest days" of his life.

  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded in death by his first wife, Carmen B. Meneses; brothers, Victor Meneses, George Meneses, Nemecio Meneses, Rudy Meneses, and sisters Ruby Meneses, Bea Dixon, Mamie Zuniga, and his parents, Felix A. Meneses and Mercedes B. Meneses. He is survived by his wife, Lynette Meneses; son, Richard B. Meneses, Jr. and daughter-in-law Patsy Meneses; daughters, Evelyn M. Almaguer and son-in-law Edward Almaguer, Zelda Meneses-Reus and son-in-law, Brian W. Reus, step-daughters, Rachel Bravo and Sylvia Friesenhahn,
    and step-son, Dale Sheff. Grandchildren are Tommy Meneses, Regina Meneses-Casillas, John Almaguer, Joyce Almaguer-Reisdorf, Brian G. Henderson, Christopher M. Henderson. Great-grandchildren: David Reisdorf, Carmen Reisdorf, Jude Anderson Meneses, and Blair Grace Henderson, Alessa C. Meneses.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Prayer Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, November 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

Richard B. Meneses

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Evelyn Meneses Almaguer

December 10, 2018

Dad could do anything, At the beach once, he carried me on his shoulders and walked into the water. I was elated to see how the water rose above his knees and he kept on going until the water reached his waist, then he turned back to let me play on the sand. “I thought he walked on water”.

“ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ..
II Timothy 4:7

Richard Meneses Jr

December 7, 2018

Dad,
I've been reflecting, and I want to focus on the good you did for yourself and for your family. I have many memories of your employment at the San Antonio Transit System, later becoming VIA. As children, Mom, Evelyn and I would take you lunch every two weeks on payday Friday during the summer months. We would meet you at San Pedro Park and played on the giant swings as we waited for you. Fun.
On paydays, we all went to the neighborhood food store on Old Highway 90. Fun.
We had week-end, day-long get-aways such as the Guadalupe River. Medina Lake, trips to Laredo, and the coast. We even made it to Oklahoma, and New Mexico, and Monterrey, Mexico. Brings a smile because it was simple but memorable.
You took on many home improvement projects. You built our garage, our paved driveway , added two rooms to the house, many plumbing repairs, re-roofing the entire house. You gave me no choice but go to the lumber yard with you and buy materials and lumber for the project. Lumber yards were a macho environment, and I saw handle yourself quite well in that environment.
When the cars needed repair, replacement parts, a paint job, you went to the auto parts stores, junk yards, or paint stores, and you got respect from those guys in those places because you knew what you wanted and how to get the job done. I went to all these places with you and I watched and learned. I admit, though, I never have painted any of my cars.
I watched you do the lawn, trim our trees, plant trees and care for your tools. I'm still good at these tasks and take care of my tools .
I was your helper in the countless car maintenance and repair projects . You did everything by thinking it through and with that "Richard" pride. As with many families, we had our struggles and difficulties. But whenever anyone of us needed you help or advice, you came through, many times.
As I took on the role of father and grandfather, I look back on what you taught me. Thank you, Dad.

Regina Casillas

November 30, 2018

Papo - Thank you for being a great provider, protector and advocate for our family. You will be missed....But I am happy that you are home and are now at peace 🙏🏼 Love, Regina

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