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Hondo Funeral Home, Inc.
Tuesday November 26th, 2019
5:00pm - 8:00pm

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Recitation of the Rosary

Hondo Funeral Home, Inc.
Tuesday November 26th, 2019

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Interment following funeral mass

Tovar Family Cemetery
Wednesday November 27th, 2019

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Funeral Mass

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Wednesday November 27th, 2019

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Ricardo Sanchez Tovar

Richard Tovar was born on February 23, 1949 in Hondo, TX to Trinidad Felan and Delfina Sanchez Tovar. He grew up in Yancey, TX and participated in many of his high school's extracurricular activities, such as FFA, basketball, track and football. A born leader, he was even the Co-Captain of his football team, class treasurer, and Vice President. He graduated from Yancey High School in 1967.  He started working for HEB right after his graduation when he was 18 years old but soon after was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in El Paso, Tx and served his country faithfully and proudly for two years.  

After the army, he continued to work at HEB in Hondo where he met his wife Gloria. They immediately knew they had something very special and were married on June 24, 1973 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hondo. They spent their honeymoon in Hawaii and enjoyed 46 years of marriage together. Richard was a devoted, loving husband and always sought out opportunities to better his life for his family so when HEB offered him a management position in Lock Hart, Tx, he gladly accepted. 

To add to his joy and sense of accomplishment, his first daughter Michelle was born in 1978 in Austin, TX. 

He was promoted to Store Director in Laredo, Tx and lived there for 6 years. He then transferred to Uvalde, Tx, were their second daughter Priscilla was born in 1987.

He was so proud of his daughters and loved spending time with them. He wanted the best for them and for them to enjoy life and to see the country he had so proudly served in the army. He loved to travel and always enjoyed driving so he traveled with his family all over the United States. 

He loved Ruidoso, New Mexico were his family would spend most of their spring breaks. Although he was always excited to see new places, one of his favorite places was in Rock Port, Tx at the HEB lodges where he enjoyed fishing, crabbing, and BBQing.

He generously invited the entire family, including his sister and his wife's family as well, and going there became an annual family tradition.

Each year he took his family fishing and on countless trips to the beach. Not only did he love spending time with his family, but he enjoyed teaching them too. Naturally, as any good father would, he taught his daughters practical things, things a father should teach his daughters -like how to change a flat tire but more importantly, he set an example of how to live their lives, with integrity and love for one another. 

He carried this legacy of love into his relationship with his grandchildren and is 

survived by six grandchildren, Chloe Tovar, Kally Guzman, Devin Diaz, Kyra Diaz, Joslynn Gonzalez and Jackson King. He was an amazing grandfather and father figure to all of them and loved them each, specially and uniquely. 

He was a good friend too and loved playing golf and fishing with his best friend Joey Wilson.  Joey describes him as a man who understood the importance of family and the importance of fun, food, work, and play. 

Joey also said, and rightly so, that Richard let us all know a little bit of his secret to happiness was confidence, even temper, fair play, and compassion for others, which he never lacked. 

Always devoted to his family, which was the most important part of his life, in 2002 Richard and Gloria moved to San Antonio, TX to be closer to their daughters. After 36 years of outstanding and dedicated service, Richard retired from HEB in 2005. 

Ricardo is survived by his loving wife: Gloria Martinez Tovar; daughters: Michelle Tovar and Priscilla Tovar; sister: Ortensia Guajardo; and his 6 grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Hondo Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church. An interment will follow in the Tovar Family Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Hondo Funeral Home, Inc.

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Uncle Rick just wanted to say thank you for all the family get togethers. My childhood was filled with our two families sharing the holidays and summers together. I will never forget our times at your uvalde home whether it was playing basketball, playing football, going golfing, riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, popping fireworks in the backyard, fishing, crabbing, watching sports, eating shaved ice and many more memories. Thank you for always making me feel welcome in your home like it was my second home. I will always look back at those shared times with great fondness. Thanks again uncle Rick I sincerely hope you're at peace in the after life.

David wilson Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

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Leonard Vernon Rodriguez and family Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

Sending our deepest condolences. May God give you love, peace, and strength during this difficult time. God bless.

Leonard Vernon Rodriguez and family Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

Uncle Ricky was a man of rare integrity and strength, a man who loved his family fiercely and devotedly. He was always there for me and my family and was always understanding and kind. After my own father died, I asked Uncle Ricky if he would walk me down the aisle if I ever got married. Without hesitating or even needing to think about it, he gladly agreed. I never told him how much that meant to me and how much it comforted me to know he would step in for my father if that day ever came. But that was very much his way- kind, loving, compassionate, and supportive.

He understood the importance of family, and was patient, fair, even tempered, and picked his words and battles carefully. He calmed the storms, promoted peace and generosity, and was a steady rock throughout life's trials and tribulations. He was strong and reliable, a man you could count on and one who understood the importance of showing up, whether through a simple phone call or for the big moments in life too. He showed up for many holiday occasions at my Grandma's house over the years and when my Grandma got sick. He showed up at my college graduation, and at my dad's funeral. He continued to show up countless times over the years for all of us, to check on my mom or to be there for his wife, kids, and grandkids. He not only loved us but intrinsically understood the importance of loving us well. He had a way of making everyone who knew him better for it.

The grief has been heavy for us all, and I already miss him. I know he left the world a better place for being in it and leaves behind him a legacy for us all to cherish and remember.

Ricky, I love you so much and appreciate you more than I can ever put into words. It was hard saying goodbye to you, but it gives me a sense of comfort to know that after many years, you are finally returning home, to Yancey, to the land you loved so much, where you will not be buried but planted.

I love you, Uncle Ricky. To be continued...

Connie Nov 25 2019 12:00 AM

Family, my brother concerned himself with many things of importance for all of us to examine. Fun food work play.

But he was at best when he was with his family or people he cared about. He never in my sight spoke to a fellow HEB team member in anything but encouraging ways. Even when their choices took them to a disappointing result for the company he never could be seen with negative scowls or letting the team member down. Instead quietly and very much like their best friend held them accountable with challenge and coaching that even they could not deny was deserved or helpful.

That was every bit his way within his family tirelessly devoted to all and encouralging our happiness by being near him. He chose never to judge even when wronged and gave all he came in contact with more than their due respect.

Rick you leave a void unfillable by anyone but you but you let us all know a little bit of your secret to happiness, confidence even temper and fair play. You chose to establish that gift with all of us during every call visit or holiday. You belived in touching others with gift of compassion and family involvement and left none of us lacking.

Uncle Joey Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM

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