Fred Dickey Jr.

January 24, 1949 - August 7, 2023
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Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services
Alicia Carrillo
Félix Peña
Mary Lou Guzman Tijerina
Joe & Tila Garcia and Family
Jacqueline Hinojosa
Ana Mendez Espinoza
Elva Leyendecker
Hector Maldonado / flowers etc.
Rosa Trevino
Michael Biehunko....... Victoria/San Marcos
Regina's Flower Shop


Fred Dickey, Jr., 74, was greeted by the Lord as he rejoiced into Heaven, on Monday, August 7, 2023.  Mr. Dickey is preceded in death by parents, Fred and Esther Kowalski Dickey, and sister, Diane Dickey Gebhart.

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Fred was fortunate to attend private school. It was at St. Joseph’s Academy where he found his love for football and played various starting positions. In junior high, he attended Lamar Middle School and later attended Nixon High School where he continued to play football until a knee injury derailed his passion. It was after this, that he made a decision to leave school and was hired at Nieto Funeral Home to work various jobs. He was inspired and encouraged by Lauro Hernandez, to pursue a career where he could have a positive impact on the community. He was motivated to return to Nixon High School and this is where he met his future wife and love of his life, Sadie Buitron. Upon graduation from J.W. Nixon High School in 1969, he immediately attended Commonwealth College of Health and Mortuary Science in Houston, Texas in pursuit of his dream. In order to finance his education, Fred worked driving an ambulance in Houston, Texas. In 1971, after completing his education he served as a funeral director in different cities including Falfurrias and Corpus Christi. Soon after he returned to Laredo, he married his high school sweetheart in 1972 and began their family.

In September 1991, Fred had the opportunity to purchase the funeral home where he had once worked, Nieto Funeral Home. Fred was able to turn around a struggling funeral home and make it thrive in order to better serve his community. Fred always said, “To God be the Glory.” His passion and drive to provide for his family, led him to purchase Buitron Funeral Home. He then built Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation Services in October 2013, where he continues to serve his community to this day. In 2016, Fred was recognized as a Mustang Legend, where his motivating speech concluded with, “The best thing about this school is I took home my Golden Spur and married her and remember…Never ever, never, ever, EVER, give up!”

In 2021, Fred received his 50-year pin recognizing his service in the Funeral Service Industry. Fred realized the southern part of his community needed quality and affordable care as well. He started the building of Nieto Funerals and Cremations and saw it to its completion in May 2023. Mr. Dickey was able to complete his dream of starting, completing and operating his new venture. He always said, “To God be the Glory!” Fred Dickey was a protector and provider for his family. He was a courageous risk taker, an innovator, and a generous servant of the Lord.  This avid University of Texas Football fan enjoyed attending games annually with his wife and friends. His Sundays were special and important to him as he spent hours visiting with his brother over the phone and ended the evenings cooking out with his family. He loved serving at Grace Bible Church where he grew his faith in the Lord.

“To be absent from the body, and be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8

He is survived by his wife of 50 years of marriage, Sadie Dickey; children, Christy (Rick) Muñoz, Fred (Yesenia) Dickey, III, and Sarah (Aldo) Dickey-Boyless; grandsons, Samuel Frederic Boyless and Frederic “Charlie” Dickey, IV; brother, David (Leslie) Dickey; family caregiver Conchis Cruz, as well as other family members, his work family, and friends that will greatly miss him. Pallbearers will be: Aldo Boyless, Rick Muñoz, Marco Martinez, Rocky Bruni, John Dickey, David Dickey II, and Robert Castillon. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Fred Dickey III, Charlie Dickey, Samuel Frederic Boyless, Jorge Buitron, Roberto Buitron, Juan Guerra and Jim Fulgham.

The Dickey family will be receiving guests on Sunday, August 13, 2023, in the Angelus Chapel at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A prayer service will be officiated by Rev. Eddie Aranda at 7:00 pm. Interment will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider donating to ministries and churches that made an impact on his faith. They are the following: Victorious Christian Harvesters at, Primera Iglesia Bautista, and Grace Bible Church at

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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Date: Sunday, August 13, 2023

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

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Date: Sunday, August 13, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

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Primera Iglesia Bautista

Phone: (956) 723-9475

1320 San Bernardo Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040

Grace Bible Church

Phone: (956) 726-3899

9901 Springfield Ave,
Laredo, Texas 78045
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Victorious Christian Harvesters

Phone: (956) 727-0059

1303 C. del Norte #300
Laredo, texas 78041
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Born: January 24, 1949
Died: August 7, 2023

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Alicia Carrillo posted on 10/3/23

My condolences to the family. May the Perpetual Light shine on him. May he Rest In Peace.


Félix Peña posted on 8/14/23

I attended St. Joseph's Academy third into eighth grade and remember Fred from those years, as we shared classes. I remember him as light-hearted, always pleasant to be around. I was very saddened to learn of his passing. My deepest condolences to all who loved him.


Roberto & Grace Perez posted on 8/14/23

Sadie, Please accept our deepest and sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Fred. May solace and Peace be with you and your family. RIP Fred.


Mary Lou Guzman Tijerina posted on 8/14/23

In memory of Fred Dickey Jr., Mary Lou Guzman Tijerina lit a candle


Victor and Ana Garcia posted on 8/14/23

Our most sincere condolences to the Dickey family. Victor knew Fred personally when he worked with him many years ago at Nieto Funeral Home. His passion for his work is exemplified in the creation of his own Funeral home. We have attended several services there and we are very impressed with the service they provide and allowing the families to give eulogies of their deceased family member . May Fred Dickey rest in peace and may God give all his family the strength they need during this time.


Mary Lou Guzman Tijerina posted on 8/14/23

My condolences to all Fred's Family, He will be missed by all my family. He was such an amazing, humble, caring, giving, happy and just someone that you would like to carry a conversation with. He made me laugh when we would talk, I know that he is resting in paradise where there is no more pain. Blessing to all his beautiful family.


Patricia Moreno posted on 8/14/23

I'm very saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. Please know that I am thinking and praying for the family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Fred.


Luis A. & Zonia G. Garza posted on 8/14/23

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Fred, may God comfort and provide peace for the Dickey family in their time of mourning.


Ysela Arechiga posted on 8/14/23

Dear Sadie, my most sincere condolences on the passing of Fred. I pray that God give you and your family the strength to get through these most difficult days. May he rest in Peace. My apologies for being unable to attend his services-I am out of town.


Abundio J. Medina (AJ) posted on 8/14/23

I wish to extend my sincere condolences on your loss.


Joe & Tila Garcia and Family posted on 8/14/23

Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Sadie, Freddie, and all your family. We are so sorry for your loss and send our prayers and blessings during this time of grieving. May he rest in peace and may all your joyful memories with him bring you solace and comfort. God Bless You All, Joe & Tila Garcia


Rosie Villarreal Petty posted on 8/13/23

Sadie, Sarah, and family.......I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that the Lord gives you the strength to cope during this very difficult time. May he rest in peace. God bless you always. ????


Jacqueline Hinojosa posted on 8/13/23

You will be missed. Now you are in the presence of the LORD. You are blessed.


Federico and Deborah Miller posted on 8/13/23

Our sincere and deepest condolences for the Dickey Family.


Tila Garcia posted on 8/13/23

Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Sadie, Freddie, and all your family. We are so sorry for your loss and send our prayers and blessings to you during this time of grieving and sadness. May Fred rest in peace and may your memories of good and loving times with him bring peace and comfort.♥️ Sincerely, Joe & Tila Garcia♥️???


Rosa Zamarripa posted on 8/13/23

From the Zamarripa families our most sincere condolences for the Dickey Family. May his soul rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.


Tony Torres posted on 8/13/23

To Sadie and the rest of the family of one of my dearest friends, Fred Dickey please receive our deepest condolences. __________ I’m already missing the telephone conversation Fred and I will never have again and especially that always warm greeting that I could count on to accompany every single call. “Cómo está, mi Tony?” Fred and I seldom discussed death, having agreed long ago, that death was certain but exclusively God’s Will and God’s alone. The friend that I knew, was a man of great faith and I’m therefore certain the end was peaceful. I selfishly wish I could have been there, allowing me a personal goodbye. A man deep in integrity, Fred also professed long ago, his firm belief that in this life, it was not the number of years that we lived but how we lived those years that mattered the most. In that sense, my brother, Fred is also certain and worthy of resting in peace. The legacy Fred managed to extract with his hand and hard work from this life that he leaves to his family is an amazing one. I am very proud and grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to share that life with him and be part of it. In the last few days, I’ve found little comfort anywhere in dealing with the shock, and grief in Fred’s passing. In my desperation, I prayed and reached out to Fred’s pragmatic personality asking Fred for a sign or whisper in my ear, letting me know that he’s in a better place now where all of this life has been explained and everything is good. Instead, to my surprise, in my own thoughts, I felt Fred ask instead that I let go of my grief. As always, logically explaining that my grief wouldn’t change anything at this point and that it’s time for everyone to move on. I anything, it made me realize, that mentally I wasn’t ready to do that just yet. Instead, I’ll continue to gather as many memories as my memory bank will hold with a special place for those where my joke or story moved my dear friend, Fred, to the point of that unique and booming laughter. May that vivid memory of Fred’s laughter, never fade until we should meet again. Fred’s Loving (BFAM) Friend Tony Torres Houston, TX (BFAM)


Gregorio Lopez, Jr. posted on 8/13/23

So Sorry for you loss, Sadie. Our deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of a well-known man.


Marilyn Gould and Family posted on 8/13/23

Glenn, Courtney, Isaac and I are all so devastated to hear of Fred's early passing. What a great man who contributed to his community in Texas and also to his community of funeral service. He cared deeply about giving every family the best services possible. He loved to learn and loved to bring a new idea home to Laredo to make sure the families he served had the very best care. he will be missed by our family and by so many other families. Our sincere sympathy to his wife and Freddie III and his family as they carry on his life's calling. We will be praying for all of them.


Ana Mendez Espinoza posted on 8/13/23

Mr. Dickey was a humble man that open his doors to a devastated , grieving widow. His professionalism and his humanity comfort my lost and gave me peace that my late husband was in the right hands! Will forever be grateful for walking in the right doors. Mr. Fred Dickey is a unforgettable and compassionate human being!


Joey and Laura Ortiz posted on 8/13/23

Joey, John Robert, and I want to send our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Sadie and all the Dickey family who we hold so dear to our hearts. Mr. Dickey was such a role model to our community and a man of so much faith. I know that my dad, who was a good friend of his, always said so many kind things about “Fred” and when my father passed, it was so touching to see that Mr. Dickey wanted to make sure my dad was taken care of by leading his funeral services. What a beautiful and grand gesture of friendship. We honor his life and are so privileged to have known him. We will miss seeing him and his beautiful smile at Grace Bible Church, where he served for so many years, but await the day where we will reunite in heaven. Sending hugs and lots of love to the Dickey family during this difficult time and prayers of comfort and peace. We are a phone call away should you all ever need anything.


David E Puig posted on 8/13/23

Our deepest condolences, to the Fred Dicky family, Fred was a good man and will be missed., The David E. Puig family,


Elva Leyendecker posted on 8/12/23

My most sincere condolences to his wife, children and the entire family. May he rest in peace in The Kingdom of God. My prayers are with you.??❤️?️ 2 Timothy 4:7-8 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.


Eva Benedetto posted on 8/12/23

We are so sorry for your loss ,our prayers are with you . It was a great honor knowing Mr Dickey. Blessings


Juanita Martinez posted on 8/12/23

Sadie, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and the family. My your husband rest in heavenly peace.


Hector Maldonado / flowers etc. posted on 8/12/23

In memory of Fred Dickey Jr., Hector Maldonado / flowers etc. lit a candle


Hector Maldonado / flowers etc. posted on 8/12/23

My sincerest condolences to Fred Dickey’s family and friends. Mr. Dickey was an amazing man and cared for his community. He will surely be missed


Beatriz Solis posted on 8/12/23

Praying for you. I had the privilege to serve alongside him on Sundays. Fred was a wonderful man, he always had a word of wisdom and his love for God and family was inmensurable. May God give you peace as you adjust to move on without him. The Solis family.


Kasi Welch Baker posted on 8/12/23

Fred was a kind, outgoing, joyful, hardworking man and a friend to all. He was always looking to learn and be innovative. I met Fred, his wife and son through a professional organization PFDI and he became a dear friend. We talked often and discussed business and better ways to serve our families through our funeral homes. I will never forget Fred and I’m going to miss my fellow Texan tremendously. I’m praying for your family during this time.


Juan E Morales posted on 8/12/23

We are sorry of your loss ,our prayers ? are with you . Fred was a good man and friend. It was a great pleasure knowing him. He will be missed.


Maria Diana Munoz posted on 8/11/23

My heartfelt condolences to all the Dickey and Buiteon family. Rest in each Mr. Dickey.


Rosa Trevino posted on 8/11/23

My condolences to the family


Santos Costilla posted on 8/11/23

On behalf of the Costilla family, Laura and I offer our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all the Dickey family on the loss of Fred Jr. Our prayers are with you knowing that God walks with you and comforts you?


Luz M. Carrera posted on 8/11/23

I know how difficult it is to lose a loved one. My prayer is that God will strengthen and comfort you. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4


Michael Biehunko....... Victoria/San Marcos posted on 8/11/23

God Bless you Fred. You are now funeral director in charge in heaven.


Delia Hilda Tijerina Alkire and family posted on 8/11/23

Sadie, my most deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time of grieving. May the perpetual light shine upon him . May he Rest In Peace.


Regina's Flower Shop posted on 8/11/23

The world will be far worse off with someone like Mr. Dickey taken from. He had a good sense of humor and a kindness about him that are rare in today's day and age. When we met him for the first time, we got a glimpse of his genuine faith in the Lord and what he shared with us will always be cherished by my wife and I. I only wish that I had met years back because I have no doubt that we could've learn a lot from him. In no words could we say that we know what you are going through, it would be far from the truth. We only know that it is a very painful period in your lives. He will be missed by many, please accept our deepest condolences. Our prayers are with the family. Johnny & Mary Lopez


Velma Sue & Leon De Leon posted on 8/11/23

Sadie and Dickey Family, We were very saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and comfort now and in the days to come.


Diana Lundschen posted on 8/11/23

To Sadie and family, Ours has been a long friendship and I am just noticing that Freddie's birthday is the same as mine, except eight yrs later. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Love, Dee Dee


Ricardo Martinez posted on 8/11/23

On behalf of the entire Martinez family, we would like to offer our condolences to the Dickey family for the passing of your loved one. We hope you find comfort in knowing that Mr. Dickey is now with the Lord our Father, our prayers and thoughts are with you all in this difficult time. May he rest in peace.


Jessica Trevino-Palmer Mortuary, Seguin, Texas posted on 8/11/23

Our most sincere heartfelt condolences to all off Mr. Dickeys family and friends. I pray that God brings strength and peace to the family during this difficult time.


Hector Nieto posted on 8/11/23

Mr. & MRS. Hector Mario Nieto Sr. & FAMILY, Our sincerest condolences to Sadie and all the Dickey Family on the passing of Fred Jr. May he rest in peace and may God bless all of you.


James appas posted on 8/11/23

Dear Dickey family, Please accept my sincere condolences. May Fred Jr. rest in peace.


Toni (Cisneros) Benavides posted on 8/11/23

May the perpetual light shine upon and Rest In Peace Mr Dickey.


Dina P. Gutierrez posted on 8/10/23

So sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in peace.


Jessica Garcia posted on 8/10/23

Mr.Dickey was a great man. My father had the pleasure of working for him He was a great father and a great person with a big heart. My deepest condolences go out to our compadre and comadre Fred and Yessy and to the whole family whom we love so much. Our prayers go out to all of you. May Mr.Dickey rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior.


Marlene Villegas posted on 8/10/23

We are so heartbroken to hear about your loss. You were such an amazing person. Always willing to help any family in need. My father, myself, and brothers will forever be grateful for you. You were our angel, during the worst time in our life’s. I praise God for you, and for the person you were to not only my father, but to myself and brothers. Your legacy will live forever, sir. May you Rest In Peace sir. To the Dickey family, and funeral home family our hearts are with you. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”


Rosario Arellano posted on 8/10/23

In memory of Fred Dickey Jr., Rosario Arellano lit a candle


Michael Biehunko....... Victoria/San Marcos posted on 8/10/23

I was co-owner and partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria, Texas and Richardson/Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca, Texas until I retired in May 2016. To the entire Dickey family I am so sorry for the loss of my long time buddy Fred. Fred was one good guy could get along with anybody. I had the pleasure of going to mortuary school with Fred in 1969-70. I used to ride ambulance with Fred in Houston at I believe Niday Funeral Home. When you got in the ambulance with Fred you better hold on for a ride of your life. We had some fun times at mortuary school. I saw Fred many years ago when I had a graveside in Laredo. He was still the same old Fred and really hadn't changed a bit. I will cherish the times we had together. May god bring his blessings upon the entire Dickey family. God bless you Fred job well done buddy.


Mike Uribe. (HEB Partner) posted on 8/10/23

My deepest condolences to the Dickey family.


Gilberto Quezada posted on 8/10/23

To The Family of Fred Dickey, Jr. Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences. I am terribly sorry to hear that your beloved Fred has passed away. Do find solace in knowing that he will be remembered in my daily prayers and may his soul rest in peace. My name is Gilberto Quezada and I am originally from Laredo and graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1965, and now live in San Antonio. I was introduced to Fred through his compadre Juan P. Guerra Jr. via an email on Friday, January 31, 2020. We communicated on a weekly basis via emails and the last one I received from him was on Sunday, July 9, 2023. We exchanged a total of 528 messages during our friendship. I feel I have lost a very important friend who could never be replaced and it was one of the greatest privileges of my life to have known him, even though we never met in person. He was always thoughtful, interesting, and I will always remember the love he had for his family, his community, and his God. My thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow and I pray that our loving God will grant you the strength and courage to accept His divine will. May God give you peace and fill you with joyous remembrances of him. With deepest sympathy, Gilberto Quezada San Antonio


Nora Montoya posted on 8/10/23

In memory of Fred Dickey Jr., Nora Montoya lit a candle


Norma Sepulveda posted on 8/10/23

To the Dickey family we are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family during this difficult time. May God's grace and supernatural peace fill you all. Love, Serapio (Chapo) Flores and family


Thomas A. Knapp, Jr. posted on 8/10/23

To the Family of Fred Dickey: I personally know the pain of having to bury a family member. Fred was a person who lived out his calling to the max. He has set an example of what the new generation of Funeral Professionals need to follow. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. May the Holy Spirit surround each and every member of Fred's family and Staff as they walk down this path. Tom Knapp Commonwealth College of Science Class of 1970 Wheeler Funeral Home - El Campo, Tx Eagle Lake Funeral Home - Eagle Lake, Tx


Yolanda & Omar posted on 8/10/23

In memory of Fred Dickey Jr., Yolanda & Omar lit a candle


Amy & Tony posted on 8/10/23

In memory of Fred Dickey Jr., Amy & Tony lit a candle