Eduardo Botello

May 19, 1925 - September 17, 2020
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Eduardo Botello, an American Patriot, passed away September 17, 2020. Eduardo was born May 19, 1925 in Laredo, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Carlota P. Botello; his parents, Anastacio Sr. and Abelina Sanchez Botello; his brothers, Anastacio Botello, Benjamin Botello; sister, Alicia B. Vidaurri.

He is survived by his five children, Eduardo Jr., Ruben Gerardo, Carlos David (Rosie), Nydia (Miguel Angel) Garcia, and Marissa (Jose Jr.) Leal. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Anissa Botello, Adriana Leal, Alejandro Jose Leal, Luis Miguel Garcia, Carlos Joaquin Botello, and Jorge Eduardo Botello. His surviving sisters include Rosa Flores and Olga Botello of Laredo.

Lalo, as he was affectionately known, loved his Country and served it faithfully. He was inducted into the U.S Army at Ft. Sam Houston on August 17, 1943. He became an expert with an automatic rifle and a sharpshooter with the M-1. He served with the 79th Infantry Division, 313 Infantry Regiment. The division shipped to England in April 1944 and soon after landed in Utah Beach France on June 12 during the Normandy invasion. After breaking out of Normandy, he was transferred to Patton’s 3rd Army and continued fighting in France where he faced battle in Lunevile, France. Wounded on October 13th by mortar shell on St. Edward’s Feast Day he was flown to Naples Italy and was awarded his first Purple Heart. Returning to duty in December, he continued the fight in Hagenau, Alsace-Lorraine where he was wounded once more on January 1945. He was then awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Purple Heart. After his recovery, he returned to duty and crossed the Rhine River March 1945. After some time in battle, he suffered a concussion in Duisberg, Germany. He then served in the Office of Military Government in Germany (Berlin) for several months after the war had ended. He was honorably discharged on December 1945 and arrived home on December 23, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, EAME w/ Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Liberation of France Medal, and he was most proud of the Presidential Unit Citation signed by President Harry Truman.

Following his military career, he finished High School at Martin High and continued his studies at St. Edward’s University. Joining the U.S. Customs Service, he served our Country once again for 40 years. He was known for many narcotic seizures during this time. Coming out of retirement, he then served as A Deputy for the U.S. Marshall Office in Laredo for 5 years.

In 2008 Eduardo was inducted into the U.S. Customs Hall of Honor. In September of 2014, Lalo participated in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Museum. He was also a member and officer of various veteran organizations such as the VFW, Purple Heart Org., DAV, American Legion, and Combat Infantrymen’s Assoc. He was most honored to read the names of fallen soldiers during Memorial Day services.

The family will be receiving guests, Monday, September 21, 2020, 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 Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will begin 9:00 am. Interment will follow to the City Cemetery where Military Honors will be provided by the U.S. Army Guard.

Pallbearers will be Eduardo Botello, Jr., Ruben G., Carlos D., Miguel Angel Garcia, Jose Leal, Jr., Alejandro J. Leal, Luis Migurl Garcia, Carlos Botello, Jr.,  and Jorge Botello.

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: Monday, September 21, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Time: 9:00 am

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church


2219 Galveston
Laredo, Texas 78043

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

City Cemetery


3200 N Meadow Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040


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Born: May 19, 1925
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Juan M. Rodriguez posted on 9/23/20

My sincere condolences to the Botello family. May the love of family and friends comfort you during this time of grief.


Anna Vidaurri posted on 9/22/20

My condolences to the Botello family. We lift you in prayers and many blessings. May your Dad Rest in eternal peace.


Mauricio A Vidaurri posted on 9/22/20

My very deepest sympathies to the Botello family. Mr Botello served our nation with honor .


Guillermo Medrano,jr. posted on 9/22/20

My deepest condolences to the Botello family---Lalo was a very good friend who I got to know thru his brother Benny and Lacho--will long be remembered.


Bernice Dumbauskas Granato posted on 9/21/20

Botello Family: Brenda, Joey, Mary Lou, Frankie and I, along with our families, are praying that you'll be filled with happy memories and surrounded by love and warm thoughts at this time. I'm sure Tio Lalo is reunited with your Mom, her sisters and their husbands, and Uelito and Uelita, having their weekend hi-balls. I will miss seeing his pictures that Ruben posts. You have our deepest condolences. We love you guys. Berita


Jose M Villarreal posted on 9/21/20

Nydia, my most sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers to you and your family. ???


Tino/Brenda Garcia posted on 9/21/20

We just viewed the live webcast for your Father and Grandfather, Eduardo Botello. Beautiful presentations by his beautiful family who truly loved him and who will greatly miss him. Please accept our sincerest condolences on his passing. With much love -Tino and Brenda Garcia


Teresa G Gutierrez & Family posted on 9/21/20

My deepest condolences for the loss of a great man and friend-.


Joel Flores posted on 9/21/20

Nydia, we are so lucky to have you as a team member of our department and are saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts.


Marshall Otwell posted on 9/21/20

My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. What an amazing man! What an amazing family! I regret never having the chance to meet him, but Laura has told me many times of Tío Lalo. Reading his obituary deeply touched my heart. To the entire family: I am so sorry for your loss.


Cordelia Gutierrez posted on 9/21/20

My sincere condolence to the Botello Family. May the Perpetual Light shine on him and may he rest in peace. My prayers are with your family. Cordy Gutierrez.


Mary & Chano Salinas posted on 9/21/20

Nydia, Our condolences go out to you and the family. May your father rest in peace and the perpetual light shine upon him. We will keep the entire family in our prayers. May the Lord give you the strength during these difficult moments. Love, Mary & Chano


Laurie Vidaurri posted on 9/21/20

My heart is with all of fondest memories of Tío Lalo are of him smiling, laughing, kind...always Joyful. I wish the family Peace and Comfort - Rest In Peace Tío Lalo...


Elsa Cass posted on 9/21/20

My sincere condolences to family and friends of Mr Botello ! May he Rest In Peace! Elsa Peña Cass


EMMA Granger posted on 9/21/20

May your dear father RIP . My prayers and thoughts are with you all.


Donna C Acevedo posted on 9/21/20

We wish to express our deepest condolences to the Botello family for the loss of your beloved Father. May the Lord give you the strength and comfort knowing he is at peace in the company of your mom.Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, Donna and Humberto Acevedo


J. L. Gonzalez posted on 9/21/20

My most sincere and deepest condolences to Mr. Botello’s great family. Without a doubt he was a true PATRIOT and a loyal, hardworking and dedicated Customs Officer. He was one to take a young newly hired officer; teaching, assisting and guiding that person to become a better Inspector and a better person. I entered duty July 1979. For the first few days of my career, I shadowed him; learning many things from him, always positively reinforcing my work. The heat that summer was unbearable. At the end of a shift he asked me if I was interested in a “nice cool and refreshing summer cocktail”. How could I refuse this man that I had immediately learn to admire and respect. After work we went to the American Legion. He introduced me to: Vodka and Tonic. The rest is history. I am sure that all persons that crossed his path, have wonderful stories of love, respect, admiration and loyalty about him. When DHS-CBP honored him as the “first” HALL of HONOR recipient in 2008, he visited my office. We chatted about the old Blue Guard. We lost an “Officer and a Gentleman” and an institution. But we will meet again my friend!! PRAYERS TO ALL. J. L. GONZALEZ Chief CBP OFFICER (Retired-2011) SENIOR SECURITY ADVISOR (Retired-2019) Afghanistan & Central Asia


Sylvia G. Bird posted on 9/20/20

Mr. Lalo Botello was a true gentleman who loved life. He always had an interesting story to tell and had many friends who enjoyed his company. At times it seemed like he knew every one in town and every body knew him. Arturo and I would see him and his lovely wife having breakfast at the neighborhood restaurant occasionally. My sincerest sympathy to the Botello family. God Bless Him


CARMEN Botello Gutierrez posted on 9/20/20

Tio Lalo, will miss your beautiful smile and sense of humor. Our Daddy Tachito will be glad to see you in heaven. May you rest in peace in the glory of God. Amwn


Cynthia Vidaurri Silva posted on 9/20/20

My deepest sympathy to the Botello family. May your father's memories being you comfort and peace.


Raquel Ramon posted on 9/20/20

Tio Lalo was not only a decorated war hero who served his country, but a role model and father figure to my father, Benjamin Botello. I remember Tio Lalo’s stories about the war fondly and listened intently each time he talked about his experiences. He was incredibly kind, generous and loved to tell a good joke. I bid farewell to a great man and feel at peace knowing he is reunited with his loved ones. Give dad a great big hug and kiss for me, Tio Lalo.❤️ All my love and prayers to my wonderful Botello cousins!


Marissa Perez- Garcia posted on 9/20/20

My heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Botello’s family and loved ones. I was privileged to know him through his work with the U.S. Marshal and had the utmost respect for him. He was a true gentleman, the likes of whom I seldom encounter these days. May he rest in peace and always be remembered for the good he did during his time on this earth.


Jose and Beatriz Zapata posted on 9/20/20

Our deepest sympathy to the Botello family. I had the highest respect for Lalo with whom I worked for many years in the U S Customs service. May he Rest In Peace. Jose and Beatriz Zapata


Olga Nella Rodríguez Gallegos posted on 9/19/20

May the peace that comes from memories of love shared comfort the Botello family now and in the days ahead.


Deni Vidaurri posted on 9/19/20

Tio Lalo was such a wonderful man- so kind and so brave. Funny and sweet. A true hero. I loved his stories and especially when he showed up on Sunday morning at Nandita's house with a bag of barbacoa and tortillas! :-) To his beautiful family-- I know you have the peace of knowing he is in Heaven but it is still so hard to lose your daddy. My love and prayers are with you as you grieve. What a blessing to have had him to guide you through your lives!! May God bless you always.


Dan Zahara posted on 9/19/20

With sincere condolences to the Botello family.


David Gaffaney posted on 9/19/20

So sorry, Marisa, with the lost of your father to this life. Besides your mom, you have the added prayers of your dad for your benefit and your love ones because of his place in heaven. Yes, we don’t minimize the sorrow of not seeing him in person for now, but the reunion you will have with him in heaven will make up for this temporary lost. I will continue to pray for him and his intentions so our Lord’s will can be realized. Your brother in Christ, David Gaffaney


Elvis & Tammy Goddard posted on 9/19/20

Our deepest sympathy for the family’s loss. My goodness, what a Patriot for our country and such a career of noble service. Thank you Mr Botello! Joe & Marisa, we are praying for your comfort during this difficult time. Elvis & Tammy


Nydia Garcia posted on 9/19/20

Dad, Mike, Luis Miguel, and I will always remember you in our hearts. An amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend, brother, son, and patriot. We are so very proud of you. You have left your mark on this earth. All our love, Nydia, Mike and LM


Ignacio and Gracie Torres posted on 9/18/20

Marissa and Joe Leal, We wish to express our deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beloved Father. May the Lord give you strength and may His Grace and love fill you with comfort. Our prayers are with you all. Gracie and Ignacio Torres


Jay and Lety Strass posted on 9/18/20

Sending heartfelt condolences from your family in New York. We celebrate Tio Lalo’s life and will miss him. Love and prayers to la familia. Wish we could be there with you. Lety and Jay Strass


Alfredo Vidaurri posted on 9/18/20

My sincere condolences to the Botello family. May he Rest In Peace.??????