Armando Fuentes

February 6, 1936 - December 23, 2020
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Armando Fuentes

February 6, 1936 – December 23, 2020

On December 23, 2020 the Lord called the name of his humble servant our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather Armando Fuentes, so that he may join his beloved wife Elia in His heavenly kingdom.

Armando was born in Laredo, and resided in Laredo all his life. He is preceded in death by his parents Francisco Fuentes, and Guadalupe Gomez Fuentes.

Armando was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years Elia Martinez Fuentes. ‘He boasted that she could have had anybody she wanted, but she chose me.’ Proud of his high school sweetheart and wife, he confided, he loved to show her off. Always together in life, he missed her greatly, now they will be reunited for eternity in the kingdom of our heavenly Father.

Armando was a proud graduate of the Martin High School class of 1955. “Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.” Armando was a member of the 1st State Champion Metal Shop Class at Martin High.

After high school Armando joined the United States Navy. During his “Boot Camp” training in San Diego, California, his training company named him their “Honor Man”, an award given to a recruit who was chosen by the drill instructors as the recruit that best exemplifies the highest traditions of the U.S. NAVY. He received training in electronics and became an Electrician’s Mate, earning the rank of Petty Officer 2ND Class before returning to his hometown. A proud veteran, his U.S. flag still and will always fly at his home.

Armando was employed at the Old Mercy Hospital for 37 years, as a maintenance supervisor for most of those years and retired from Mercy. In the early years Armando was a member of the Mercy Hospital “Medics” Championship Softball Team.

Armando was a devout Catholic who had a grand devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Father Pio was his Patron Saint. He prayed the Devine Mercy devoutly and Psalm 23 was his favorite psalm “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” among his daily prayers was the Divine Mercy prayer “Jesus I trust in you.” Armando was a proud member of San Luis Rey Church and attended Sabatinas, and Saturday worship services regularly.

Armando is survived by his sister Estela (Maximiano deceased) Banda, and his brother Francisco (Lupita) Fuentes.

Extremely proud of his family Armando and Elia had four children, Armando (Victoria) Fuentes, Diana (Antonio) Aguilar, Cynthia Sanchez, and Adrian Fuentes; 10 grandchildren, Andrew and Nicholas Fuentes, Angelica (Tomas) Lazo, George, Juan Antonio, Melissa Aguilar, Ricardo Becerra, Alan Sanchez, Angelo and Alessandro Arriaga; 5 great-grandchildren, Caleb Fuentes, Tristan, Kaylee, and Ryan Lazo, and Mia Aguilar.

Armando was an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs, the New York Yankees, and the Dallas Cowboys. He kept his mind sharp doing crossword puzzles, almost to the last days of his life.

Due to the COVID pandemic and for the safety of all, the family will be live streaming the funeral services including a Holy Rosary for the public at on Friday, starting at 5:00 pm.

The family will have a private viewing, Friday, January 1, 2021, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Holy Rosary will start at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at San Luis Rey Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will begin at 8:30 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Navy and American Legion Post 59 of Laredo.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Fuentes, Nicholas Fuentes, Alan Sanchez, Angelo Arriaga, Alessandro Arriaga, and Juan Antonio Aguilar. Honorary pallbearers are Ricardo Becerra and George Aguilar.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, January 1, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Drive
Laredo, Texas 78041

A Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021

Time: 8:30 am

San Luis Rey Catholic Church


3501 Sanders
Laredo, Texas 78040

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: February 6, 1936
Died: December 23, 2020

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Sister Maria Luisa Vera, RSM posted on 1/5/21

Out thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Armando Fuentes as you grief his passing from this life into eternity. We have such fond memories of Mr. Fuentes being on the spot when anything was needed to help keep Mercy Hospital functioning. His long years of dedication and service are greatly appreciated by the Sisters of Mercy. "Rest in peace good and faithful servant." With gratitude for his life, Sister Maria Luisa Vera, RSM and Sister Rosemary Welsh, RSM


David and Cynthia Flores posted on 1/2/21

Armando and to your family our deepest condolences for the loss of your father. May the prepetual light always shine on the soul of your dad. May his soul RIP.


C Garcia H posted on 1/2/21

Our most sincere condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace and the family find comfort knowing Armando is in the kingdom of God. Meme Garcia+ family


Lilia Barrera posted on 1/1/21

I will always have the wonderful memories of spending summers at Tia/Tíos house , tías cooking was the best! Especially her capirotada:).. Tio Mandó always kept things lively doing something outrageously funny .. these will forever remain in my heart . Rest In Peace my sweet Tio until we meet again say Hi to Tia for me


Estela F Banda posted on 1/1/21

Beautiful Service. We are very sorry we could not be there with you. Estela Band loves all of you and will be praying the rosary for her brother daily. God Bless all of you


Robbie Fuentes and Family posted on 1/1/21

from one Fuentes Family to another, though miles separate us, our Hearts are always near yours. God has always been the strength of this family. Through thick and thin, good times and bad times, God will continue to be our rock, salvation, and comfort. May my Uncle rest comfortably in the home our Lord has prepared, and may the family find peace in God's Promise. We love you all, Praise God during this celebration of Life. John 14: 1-3


Frank/Lupita Fuentes posted on 1/1/21

I will miss you dearly my beloved brother. Thank you for being a father to me. I will treasure our memories together forever. I know you are in beautiful place surrounded my our beloved family members and your wife Elia. Rest in peace forever my brother. Our faith in Christ, will allow us to see each other again. Amen. Frank & Lupita G. Fuentes


Ida Ivette Lopez posted on 12/31/20

Mr. & Mrs. Fuentes were my neighbors when I was growing up. They always welcomed me and my parents into their home. They were such beautiful people inside and out. They are now reunited in the kingdom of Heaven. My deepest condolences go out to the Fuentes family-- may you find peace and strength during these difficult times. God bless!


Romo family posted on 12/30/20

Our condolences to the family. May you find comfort in our Lord during this difficult time. 🙏🏻


Mario Flores posted on 12/30/20

A servant to his community and a servant to his country, Mr Fuentes lived for making things right of everything around him. His family especially Mrs Fuentes were priority. Like individuals that we admire, humble, noble and a passion for the Lord. Rest well, your desire for a better place continues with your children, go peacefully.


Mario Fernandez posted on 12/29/20

In memory of Armando Fuentes, Mario Fernandez lit a candle


Mario Fernandez posted on 12/29/20

My deepest condolences to the family of Armando Fuentes. Chico heartfelt on the passing of your father. May He Rest In Peace 🙏. Godspeed 🎚God Bless Him❤️⚓️🇺🇸


Lupe Cynthia, and Oswaldo posted on 12/29/20

Our most sincere condolences to you and your family. God is celebrating with him now. May God bless you all.


Guillermo, Rosalinda and boys posted on 12/29/20

Our most sincere condolences on the loss of your father, our compadre. May he Rest In Peace and May perpetual light shine on him. We are going to miss you compadre, but I know you are happy holding our compadres hand and rejoicing in Heaven.