Richard “Rickey” Gonzalez, 54, of Lyons Texas passed away on August 26, 2021, in Bryan, Texas with family by his side.
He was born on July 25, 1967, in Brenham, Texas to parents Manuel C. Gonzalez and Mary “Martinez” Gonzalez.
He graduated from Somerville High School and married shortly after. He was soon blessed with his two children, Joshua Richard and LeeAnna Marie.
Rickey worked at Santa Fe Tie Plant/Koppers Industries for many years as a machinist. He spent his remaining years working for Tegeler Toyota in Brenham, Texas.
Rickey was a good man. He was a kind soul that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was a strong believer in Jesus and had given his heart to him several years ago. Rickey loved his family, especially his children, grandchildren, niece and nephews, and his mom, who was always by his side. He had many friends who he made since elementary school and still maintained those friendships, today. Rickey was a student of theology and had study sessions with his mom. He loved to watch biblical and historical commentaries, sports, and comedies. One of his favorite things to do was be at the lake fishing. He would stay there for hours patiently waiting on a fish to bite. He also liked to cook, especially shrimp and crawfish, two of his favorites. Rickey was always laughing and joking and given the opportunity, playing a prank on you if you weren’t careful. The most simply of pleasures brought him great joy. He will be missed by so many. He will always be in our hearts, until the day we see him again, and what a great day that will be!
Rickey is survived by his son, Joshua Gonzalez and wife Brandy; daughter, LeeAnna Taylor and husband Chris; mother, Mary Gonzalez; sister, Raquel Sustayta and husband Tracy; brother, Johnny Gonzalez; grandchildren, Declan Taylor and Valerie Gonzalez; niece, Hannah Sustayta; nephews Levi Sustayta and David Andrew Gonzalez.
Rickey was preceded in death by his father, Manuel C. Gonzalez and his brother David Gonzalez.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Gonzalez, Alonzo Gonzalez, Sonny Gonzalez, Jerry Gutierrez, Chris Arredondo, Paul Jimenez.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Andrew Gonzalez, Ryan Ramirez, John Manuel Rodriguez, and Shawn Smith.
Memorials can be made to Strickland Funeral Home in Rickey's honor.