Felix Ricardo Téllez of Laredo, Texas peacefully passed away on Monday, August 7, 2020, at the age of 73 after a couple of years of declining health. Ricardo was born and raised in Laredo. He was the third of four children. He joined the United States Navy at an early age during the Vietnam conflict. He dutifully served on the USS Corry, a DD-817 Gearing-class Naval Destroyer. He was stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia and was even a Shore Patrolman, where he developed an ambition for law enforcement. He attained his General Educational Development and took his first career steps as a security guard at the Laredo Junior College campus. He then was able to apply and test for the Laredo Police Department. He became an officer in the summer of 1978. He served as a patrol officer, an investigator, a detective, and started the LPD motorcycle unit. Eventually, he became a Sergeant, known to many as, “Sarge” and then became a Supervisor, until his retirement. He dutifully served for 28 years in the Laredo Police Department. He also simultaneously started, and successfully ran, the family business, Blue Knight Enterprises. During his retirement, he also achieved his goal of studying welding at Laredo College.
If you asked a hundred people who Felix Ricardo Téllez was, they’d all give you a different story. A Police Sergeant. A Navy Veteran. An ornery man who would gladly give the shirt off his back. A comedian. A craftsman. A collector of useful (and not so useful) things. A local celebrity. A crazy old coot riding around on a scooter honking that annoying bicycle horn. The man who would show you the world through his adventures via his photo albums. A generous son, brother, uncle and friend. The world’s greatest grandpa. The best dad, stepdad and dad in law he could be. A devoted husband to his wife Marisela, whom he loved so very much, with all his heart and soul until the very end.
Felix, or as friends and family called him, Ricardo or “Rick”, was that and more to many who knew him, and to many more who did not. What he was, was a storyteller. From the time, he was young he was constantly spinning yarns. It didn’t matter if he was trying to entertain his seatmate during a long ride. Or trying to distract his family members with his odd humor and weird jokes, especially when times were tough. No matter the occasion, Ricardo had a story. Ricardo would tell stories about his Navy days and how he became a sailor, his 28 years on the Laredo Police Department, his road trips, cruise voyages, world travels, and his many complaints about how things never work like they do on television, how he got any and all of his ailments, and of course about how proud he was of his amazing wife, children and his grandchildren.
Felix was preceded in death by his parents, Roberto and Maria Inocencia, and by his brother Juan Gilberto Téllez. He was survived by his wife Marisela Haydeé Dávila Téllez (who sadly passed 33 days after he did); left to cherish his memory are his beloved children, Richard John (Laura) Téllez, Michael David Dancause, James Eli (Mary) Téllez, Mónica Marie (Christian) Arsté, Marisa Yvette (Elias) Ramos. He will also be greatly missed by his loving grandchildren, Jorge (Amanda) Lozano, Jr., Roxanne (José Angel) Valdez, Jonathan (Delia) Treviño, Serena Zulema, James Eli II, Darius Richard, Mason Anthony, Bella Grace, Michael David, Mariela Mia, Angelik Daniela and Eva Ausma, as well as by his twelve great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Carmen Téllez Maldonado and brother, Gustavo Leroy (Rose) Téllez and George (Bertha) Gloria, and his many adored nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins from Washington to Cancun who all loved “Rick” so very much.
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The family will be having a private service. If anyone wishes to express their condolences, you may write to the family online at www.freddickey.com Arrangements by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611