Elias Herrera

July 22, 1929 - December 22, 2016
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Elias Herrera

July 22, 1929  –  December 22, 2016

                Elias Herrera attended Martin High School and graduated in 1949.  While at Martin he was actively involved in football, baseball, and track.  He attended Laredo Junior College and was a manager and player of the L J C Palomino football team.  He was also a member of the track team and anchorman for the L J C one mile relay team that held the Border Olympic record for several years.  He was the last living member of that mile relay team. 

                He joined the Army and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division having more than 25 jumps to his credit.  He attained the rank of Corporal and was stationed in Army bases in Fort Benning, GA, Fort Bragg, NC Fort Leonard Wood, MO, as well as other stations in New York and California.  He gained skills in Morse Cod-Radio Operator, Demolition and Chemical Specialist and was also an Army Supply clerk.  He was Honorably Discharged as a Korean Veteran in 1955.

Soon after his discharge he attended Texas A&I University under the GI Bill.  He was one year away from an Engineering degree when he changed his major and graduated with a degree in education.  In 1937, he began his educational career teaching in a one room classroom for Nye Common School District, located on St. Maria Avenue, as a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher.  His school supplies consisted of a set of 4th grade books, a set of 5th grade books, a set of 6th grade books, two pieces of chalk and one eraser.  The modern terms of multilevel, open concept and cross-leveling were being practiced in this 1957 country school.  School programs were an integral part of the concept of developing the whole child and he was an enthusiast advocated of this practice.

                In 1960, Nye, Cactus and Johnson/Masterson Elementary schools consolidated to form the United Consolidated Independent  School District.  Nye Elementary school was then located on Del Mar Blvd and served as the districts’ headquarter.  Mr. Herrera became the principal of Nye Elementary and Nye Junior High School.  As the principal of Nye Junior High School, he initiated the United Longhorn Yearbook and was the yearbook’s chief photographer.  Along with his chief responsibilities as a school principal he also was a coach, a bus driver, and a lunch line server giving the cafeteria cooks a much- needed extra hand.  He took pride in knowing all 400 students by name and knowing most all their parents.

                During United ISD formative years, Mr. Herrera was responsible for serving as the first administrator for several departmental positions within the school district:  the only principal for Nye Junior High School, District Director of Lunch Programs, Director of Transportation, Director of Maintenance and Janitorial Services, Program Director of School Elections, District Discipline Hearing Officer, District Certified Asbestos Supervisor, District Assistant Superintendent, Athletic Director, Interim Superintendent, and Director of Support Services.  He developed the Student Rider’s Handbook, established précised school bus routes, in charge of district purchasing and moving portable classroom buildings, and supervised Man Power Programs.  Mr. Herrera has had a tremendous impact in United ISD growth and development.  Mr. Herrera retired from United ISD in 1997 with forty years of service.

                He is preceded in death by his parents Juan and Simona Herrera and by a brother, Ignacio Herrera and a sister, Simona Herrera.   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Olga N. Fernandez Herrera and his nine children:  Elias Herrera Jr., Rose A (Albert Jr.) Saldivar, Ricardo X (Maria) Herrera, Brenda M (Robert) Wolf, Olga Sue Herrera-Omar, Bernadette (Jesus) Collazo, Kenneth E. Herrera, Dr. Juan Jose (Anissa) Herrera, Dr. Lydia A. (Dr.Nathan) Wiederhold.;  Grandchildren: Damien Herrera, Albert J Saldivar, Alexis M Saldivar, Matthew Wolf, Michael Wolf, Sally Omar, Ashley Collazo, Aaron Collazo, Joe Collazo, Gabriel Herrera, Isabel Herrera, Amelia Wiederhold, and Samuel Wiederhold; siblings: Lydia Herrera, Antonia Herrera, Juan Herrera; several nieces and nephews.

                The family wants to thank the following for their compassionate care, understanding and service:  the entire 3rd floor nursing staff of DHOL, M.A. Click MD, M. Haber, MD, R. Godines, MD, R. Deliz MD, L. Benavidez MD, D. Menchaca MD, Raquel Estrada and Merida Home Health.

                Mr. Herrera was a man of great faith, a devote Catholic and a member of St. Patrick church, ever since mass services were first held at Mary Help of Christian’s cafeteria.  The family received guests on Monday, December 26, 2016 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation Services.  A holy rosary was recited at 7:00 pm.  Funeral services were Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. Patrick church.  Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 am.    Interment followed to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Full military honors were provided by the United States Army.

                Service arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr, Laredo, TX 78041.  For more information call (956)723-3611.  You may leave condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, December 26, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Funeral Mass at 10:00 am


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Born: July 22, 1929
Died: December 22, 2016

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Joyce Hughes and Children posted on 12/29/16

I was saddened to learn of the passing of one of the best principals I ever had, a consummate educator with a heart for his students. There is no one for whom I had more respect. In addition, the whole Herrera family holds a special place in my heart for the many good memories from our life in Laredo. It was the best of times. May the God of mercy and grace bless you with peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love always, Joyce


gigi posted on 12/28/16

Sentimos mucho la perdida de su ser querido por eso queremos compartir con ustedes el consuelo que Dios nos da mediante las escrituras. Por ejemplo Dios nos promete eliminar para siempre las enfermedades, en Isaías 33:24 dice que llegara el día en que nadie dirá "estoy enfermo". Además promete eliminar la muerte, en Revelación o Apocalipsis 21:4 dice que "Dios limpiara toda lágrima de los ojos y la muerte no será más". Y por último en Hechos 24:15 dice que "va ha haber una resurrección". Entonces podemos ver clara mente que nuestro creador Jehova Dios tiene el poder y el deseo de eliminar para siempre toda maldad y sufrimiento y les devolverá la vida a nuestros seres queridos que hayan muerto.


Diana Miranda posted on 12/28/16

Dearest Olga and family, My deepest condolences on the lost of your beloved husband, friend and soul mate. May your faith get you through this difficult moment. "The Lord stands by me and gives me strength" God bless your aborde family. May Mr. Herrera rest in peace and the perpetual light shine on him. Respectfully, Diana E. Miranda


David Hinojosa posted on 12/27/16

My condolences to the Herrera family. Mr. E. Herrera may you RIP.


Blanca Hill Villines posted on 12/27/16

Our deepest condolences to the Herrera family. May you all find comfort in the Lord during this very difficult time in your lives. May God bless. The Hill/Andrade Family.


Andrea posted on 12/27/16

On behalf of the Rodriguez Family (Mrs. Tomasa Rodriguez, Carmen, Martin, Andrea, Alfredo, and Amelia), please accept our heartfelt condolences. Mr. Herrera was such a good friend of our father,Teodulo, and was always so concerned about our family and others. May God grant the Herrera family peace and comfort. Your family will be in our hearts and prayers.


Carmen Ballesteros posted on 12/27/16

My condolences to the Herrera Family. Mr. Herrera was a great friend and principal. He will never be forgotten.


Carmen Ballesteros posted on 12/27/16

My condolences to the Herrera Family. Mr. Herrera was a great friend and principal. His memory will never be forgotten. He will be forever in our hearts.


Peter Kulpaca posted on 12/27/16

I hope that our Lord brings the Herrera family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to the family.


Oscar & Olga Nella Gallegos posted on 12/27/16

We honor a life well lived. May God bless his soul and heal your hearts. Our deepest condolences on this sad day.


Eddie Green posted on 12/26/16

Mr Herrera was the principal at Nye just across the street from my home on Candlewood Drive in Del Mar. Even though I didn't attend Nye, Mr Herrera was always gracious and nice to me as a student. His smile was contagious and I'll miss chatting with him. What a great man.


Diana and Rolly Ortiz posted on 12/26/16

Rosie, Our most sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. I believe he was in the Army during the Korean War with my Daddy. He too was in the 82nd Airbourne. Just as my father-in-law too has joined the gates of haven, your father too ihas joined the celebration. Our prayers continue for the entire family.


Carol Gunnoe posted on 12/26/16

Rosie, Bernie, Susie, Mrs. Olga and family, I want to express my deepest sympathy. Your dad truly was a great man and hero. I am grateful to God for leaving such a great leagacy of professional productive children and grandchildren. Your family is truly blessed! Love you all ❤️️


Elizabeth A. Puente posted on 12/26/16

My deepest condolences to my Aunt Olga and all my cousins. May are great Lord bless you and comfort you all in this time of great sorrow. Tio Elias will be missed by all. Love always Elizabeth Arredondo Puente.


Olga Guerra posted on 12/26/16

My condolences to all of the Herrerra Family. Tio Elias was a great man of faith who is now with our Lord Jesus Christ. His memory will never be forgotten. Olga Arredondo Guerra and Family.


Roger Kendrick posted on 12/26/16

I have been friends with Rick for many years, and know thru him the his father is a true man of family and faith. Praise God that he raised such wonderful children who pattern their own lives thru his example. May the Lord God bless each and every one of you and surround you in His arms.


Jose I. Sotelo posted on 12/25/16

Our Condolences From the family of +Ignacio & Leonor Sotelo


Steve & Gloria Landin posted on 12/25/16

Mr. Herrera, Rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen


Susie posted on 12/24/16

We'll miss you Pops!