Hector G. Mendes

September 14, 1936 - February 6, 2019
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Obituary

Dad’s Obituary is not meant to be taken as a mockery of his life. He instructed us explicitly that

we were to be humorous and to celebrate his life. We were to remember him without tears.

Hector G. Mendes, 82, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2019. It is believed his death

was caused from carrying his golf clubs along with the 200 stray balls in his bag he found while

playing 18 holes on Sunday. As it was told, his heart gave out due to losing the game to his

best friends and “Partners” and after reluctantly having to pay his $2.50 gambling debt.

He left behind a lot of stuff for his sons and daughters to sort through who have no idea what to

do with it. Items include golf magazines, Spurs newspaper clippings, hundreds of assorted golf

tees and extensive records of golf scores over the years. If anyone is looking for furniture such

as a TV chair with popcorn grease, stuffed with pistachio shells, and prune juice stains, it will

soon be available for purchase. In addition to the furniture there are several pairs of golf shoes,

gloves, and assorted baseball caps including his favorite teams the Dallas Cowboys (when they

were winning) and the Spurs (regardless). This is not an ad for an estate sale (which will be

held in March), but an obituary he made me promise to write (nothing sad – only funny), for a

remarkable father, friend, golfer, printer, and Marine.

Hector was born on September 14, 1936 and raised by his adoration and beloved grandmother

“Lita”. He leaves behind a family of cats that waited patiently to be fed and ½ 20lb bag of

Meow Mix that they have been eyeing from the sliding glass door.

Hector was known for his lack of patience when it came to not following explicit directions he

gave when it came to the printing shop. He was meticulous and a perfectionist. He always told

it like it is. He always told the truth even if you didn’t want to hear it. He often stated:”If you dig

yourself into a hole – dammit stop digging!” (Note to self- SELL the shovel) With that being said,

he was genuine, compassionate, and as we are finding out now, very sentimental and

somewhat of a penny hoarder from which he found on the street.

He never sugar coated the truth. He was very articulate, creative and had an extensive

vocabulary to include different pronunciations of words he had acquired from Reader’s Digest

Words of the Week. He was exceptional when it came to giving advice. He had this incredible

wisdom and a vivid way of painting a mental picture for you of how badly you screwed up the

advice he had given you. (Note… the SHOVEL SELL IT).

His words of encouragement and comfort kept us in line and taught us how to survive with

dignity and integrity in the most difficult times.

Everyone always knew where they stood with him. He liked you or he didn’t. As his children we

are all still trying to figure out who he liked best because he told us all individually we were his

favorite (Shhh -I figured it out).

He was a master at making Menudo and he made the best Chicken soup when you started to

show signs of a cold; one bowl and you sweat it out. He made the best picadillo, sometimes

burned and chewy but with a lot of love. He loved his blackened tortillas straight from the stove

and catfish, and was getting so much better at perfecting his favorites pumpkin and pecan pies.

He had his priorities straight: Golf, Mendes Printing, Golf, Lunch with Mario Gonzalez, Golf, and

then his kids.

He is preceded in death by his grandson Jaime Raul Mendes. Left to cherish his memory are

his former spouse Mary Kallie Mendes and his children (oldest to youngest – not favorite to

least) OllieRay (Teresa Arechiga) Mendes, Hector Gueriel “Gary” Mendes, LindaRae (John)

Johnson, and Jessica Mendes Warren. His grandchildren: Daniel Mendes, Gary Mendes,

Guerriel Mendes Flores, Eduardo Mendes Flores, Maria Cristina Mendes Flores, Ethan Mendes

Warren, Jonah Mendes Warren, and Isabella Mendes; as well as other family members and

friends.

He held sacred to him the Spurs, the Cowboys (again only when winning), his cats: Printer,

Jorge, and Monkey, his daily delivery of the San Antonio News, Laredo Times, and The Wall

Street Journal.

He was an avid golfer, a successful business owner of Mendes Printing for 57 years, a devoted

father, loyal friend, connoisseur of Avocado sandwiches and Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice

Cream in order to eat his pecans with(don’t tell the doctor), and an overall charitable

humanitarian. He was a dedicated Rotarian and US Marine Corp Sergeant.

Please note he always said “I was born in Laredo and I will die in Laredo”. He often complained

about the outrageous price of Starbucks coffee and the increasing price of golf fees. He

insisted on his Senior discount at McDonalds, Whataburger and Cracker Barrel Hector has

now entered a “relocation program” with a new place of residence- living with me, only because

I am the one that lives closest to the golf course. He is now a few feet away, walking distance

from 18 holes at Onion Creek and his golf fees have been prepaid in life by his exceptional hard

work, dedication, tenacity, charity, and above all goodwill.

He believed a man’s handshake was his word and he shook many hands in his lifetime. He

always worried about what he would leave behind – his Legacy and a pair of shoes No One Can

Ever Fill.

Daddy has made a “HOLE in ONE” in his lifetime – Rest in Peace and Sempre Fi.

The family will receive guests, Monday, February 18, 2019, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services for a memorial service.   A service will be held at 10:00 am.

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

 

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Memorial Information

Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services

Address:

1320 Trey Drive
Laredo, Texas 78041

 

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Born: September 14, 1936
Died: February 6, 2019

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DANIEL HEARN posted on 2/20/19

LindaRae, your father was such a great man! I am honored to have known him and your mom!! He’s in peace and playing 18 holes of Golf with the man upstairs! He led a full wonderful life! And now he’s on to his next chapter knowing he was loved and cared for. ❤️ -Dan Hearn

 

Memo Vela posted on 2/20/19

My Most Sincere and Deepest Sympathy to the Family of Hector Mendes. I played golf with Hector on many occasions together with his best friend, Mario Gonzalez. He was well respected and liked by everybody. He was a Marine who fought for our country and proud of it. May he rest in peace

 

Chuck Jacaman posted on 2/19/19

Jessica, LindaRae and Mendes Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Sending you prayers and my condolences.

 

Rudy Long posted on 2/19/19

My deepest Condolences to all His Family and love ones. For his Spouse, Sons and daughters I know how it feels to loose a father Thank God for the time that he was here, the memories, the advise, and the Love He gave, will always be in your hearts. My prayers to the whole family, God Bless.

 

Chuck Jacaman posted on 2/19/19

Jessica, LindaRae and Mendes family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Warm regards, Chuck Jacaman

 

Delia Cantu Garza posted on 2/18/19

Dear LindaRae & Mendes Family, I am so sorry for your loss. No one can take a father's special place. God's Peace and Grace.

 

Victor Flores posted on 2/18/19

Unable to attend funeral services for Hector. My condolences to the family on his passing. We were good friends both members of the Marine Corps League local 895. Sad to hear that he passed away, and my prayers now include his name. May he rest in peace.

 

Ryan Roberts posted on 2/18/19

Mr. Mendes was an amazing man and a great customer of mine. I would visit with him at his print shop to talk about life and paper. He took me golfing once and I had a great time! He will be missed! Our thoughts are with the Mendes family, Ryan Roberts and the Clampitt Paper Company Family

 

alexander meyer posted on 2/18/19

Condolences to the Mendes family and my old friend Ollie Ray. I am praying that you find peace at this most difficult time.

 

David & Alma Prieto posted on 2/18/19

We were saddened to hear that your Father had passed away. Our condolences and prayers go out to the Mendes family.

 

Mrs. Veronica Castaneda (San Antonio,Tx) posted on 2/17/19

As I was scrolling the Laredo orbituaries I came upon ur Dads orbituary. Ur dad lived life to the fullest. He serve his country, he cared for his Family and most of all life. I’m sure he is asking God where is the golf course so he can go play golf. May ur Dad Rest In Peace and be ur guarding angel. Even though we don’t know each other, Sending My condolence.

 

Alberto Pacheco posted on 2/17/19

Hello Mendes family i am saddened by Mr. Mendes passing.. I thank God that he was part of my life as a youngster. My most deepest condolences. May he RIP. Sempre Fi..

 

Jeff Jones posted on 2/17/19

Hector, You and your late brother-in-law were the first to befriend this transplanted Yankee nearly 51 years ago. By now, you two are playing the back nine on St. Peter's course. Requiem Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me die. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will This be the verse you grave for me: Here lies where he longed to be; Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill. And the golfer home from the course!

 

Joanne Rossa posted on 2/15/19

Our deepest sympathy to Sylvia and the Mendes Family. Hectir will be forever in your heart.

 

Ursula Perales posted on 2/14/19

So sad to hear about your father's passing. My condolence to all of you. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

 

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