Richard Alvin Resch

August 8, 1960February 15, 2021

Richard “Rick” Alvin Resch, 60, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021. He was born on August 8, 1960 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Harlan Ray and Mary Ann (Elliott) Resch. He was a 1978 graduate of Tulia High School and went on to nursing school to obtain his LVN license in the state of Texas. As a new nurse in the region he worked within Muleshoe, Farwell, Tulia, Plainview and Lubbock regions. He also served as a volunteer Fireman in Farwell in the early 1980’s. Rick began his medical training working with the local EMS in Tulia at the age of 18 and then worked his way to becoming a Paramedic in the early 90’s in Chicago, Illinois. He married Cheryl Woods Oester on February 14, 1991 in Dixon, Illinois, and they began their journey as a family together. When Rick decided to step away from the medical field, he became the owner/operator of R.A.C.E. trucking company in the mid 90’s. Where he drove long haul loads across the country. Rick, Cheryl, and their family moved to Hereford, Texas in the early 2000’s where he worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, as a correctional officer with the Clements and Neal units. In 2007 he graduated from Amarillo College with his Associates degree in Mortuary Science and continued to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in early 2008. He worked with Parkside Chapel Funeral Home in Hereford from 2006-2010, then he expanded his career to Levelland, where he began working for SCI Funeral Service at George Price Funeral Home until September of 2012 when he transferred to Gonzales, Texas. In Gonzales he was the location Manager and Funeral Director in Charge for Buffington Funeral Homes of Gonzales and Shiner.

Rick was a Master Mason for the Masonic Lodge #30 of Gonzales, was an avid bowler, and he was always part of a league no matter where he lived. He was such a practical joker; you never knew what his next move was going to be. Rick will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

The survivors of his practical jokes and witty sense of humor are his wife of 30 years; Cheryl Resch of Gonzales; son, Eric Oester and wife Ester Marie of Amarillo; daughter, Angelica Sustaita; one amazing grandson, Logan Ray Sustaita both of Gonzales; mother, Mary Ann Resch Fowler and husband Roy of Dimmitt; two sisters, Debbie Wait of Dimmit, and Deana Grissom and husband Billy of Lubbock; three nephews, Bobby O’Neal and wife Andrea, Dave O’Neal and wife Chelsea, and Brandon Grissom; one favorite niece; Rebecca “Becky Ann” Grissom; brother-in-law, Butch Woods and wife Vicki of Mt. Carrol, Illinois; sister -in- law, Robin Woods Smith of Valparaiso, Indiana; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family members and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, Harlan Ray Resch; grandparents, Ernest and Dean Elliott, and Richard and Marie Resch; brother -in-law, John Wait; and mother-in-law, Barbara Carpenter Woods.

Rick requested that there not be a “Fuss” made over his passing so to honor his wishes, cremation services will be under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home of Gonzales, Texas.

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  • Cheryl Resch, wife
  • Harlan Ray Resch, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Ann Resch Fowler (Roy), Mother
  • Eric Oester (Ester Marie), Son
  • Angelica Sustaita, Daughter
  • Logan Ray Sustaita, Grandson
  • Debbie Wait, Sister
  • John Wait, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Deana Grissom (Billy), Sister


  • Cremation


Richard Alvin Resch

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Amy Whiteley

March 13, 2021

I had the privilege working with Rick, as I and many others knew him by for a very short time as an assistant.
Completely shocked to learn of his passing and send my deepest condolences to family, friends and co-workers.
He was a no nonsense man when it came to making everything perfect for the deceased and families. You could tell he enjoyed helping people. He was stern yet caring.
Just learned of his passing and I pray everyone affected can find some solice in the days ahead.
God speed Mr Rick you will be missed.

Nancy Hodges

March 7, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family of Rick, I knew Rick thru the funeral home in Shiner where I helped style the hair for many of the deceased people. I will always remember Ricks witty sense of humor & kindness he showed. He trusted me to do a professional job on every individual & I cannot thank him enough. Prayers to his wife & family & may God Bless you all during this difficult time.

Norma Goetz

February 18, 2021

I am a Board member of the Shiner Cemetery Association and when Rick needed a burial location, I was the one he called. Although I did not know him really well, he was a very kind and appreciative gentleman. I was shocked when I was told of his passing. I extend my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Norma Goetz
Shiner, Texas

Michael Biehunko

February 18, 2021

I was a partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria, Texas until I retired in May 2016. I had the pleasure of working with Rick and helping him when he needed help from our locations at his locations. At our meetings he always had valuable input in anything we had to discuss. I know Shiner and Gonzales will miss Rick in taking care of family's at those two locations he was so dedicated to. He will definitely be missed by all who new him and worked with him. Rest in Peace, Rick.