Luis Vela Jr

December 18, 1939 - June 13, 2024
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Our beloved father Luis Vela, Jr. passed away peacefully on June 13, 2024 at the age of 84. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend who served his country with honor in the military and continued his commitment to service through a distinguished career in the postal service (post master). He leaves behind a legacy of selflessness, integrity, dedication and love. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and all those whose lives he touched.

He was born in Laredo, Tx on December 18, 1939. His childhood instilled in him patriotism, a lifelong passion for music, fine arts, and cooking which he loved to speak about with anyone who would listen. He graduated from Saint Joseph Academy and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Luis and Sylvia first met and bonded over their mutual appreciation for food, traveling, music, religion and family which they continued to share throughout their long and happy marriage. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to various countries and within the U.S. Also, he has served on the board of Casa de Misericordia serving our community with countless rewards. Luis and his wife are parishioners of St Patrick’s church where he was a member of the men’s club. He was a former Boy Scout master and member of Lulac. In addition, he and his wife were proud members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Luis and Maria Antonietta Vela.

He is survived by wife, Sylvia L. Vela, children, Luis A. Vela (Dawn) of San Antonio, Tx and Sylvia Y. Vela and grandchildren, London Vela and Eric Caudle and his beloved Jack Russel Terrier, Rosco, and endless family and friends.

A heartfelt thank you to his medical professionals for their care and support.

The family will be receiving condolences on Thursday evening, June 20, 2024 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr.; where a Vigil and Rosary will commence at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Friday morning, June 21, 2024 departing at 10:40 a.m. from Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services to St. Patrick’s Church for mass at 11 a.m.

Rite of committal and Interment will follow at a later date.

Pallbearers will be son: Luis A. Vela, grandson: Eric Caudle Jr., nephews: Eduardo Vela, David Vela, Roberto Vela and Carlos Ramirez

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Friday, June 21, 2024

Time: 11:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Cremation Associates of Laredo


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: December 18, 1939
Died: June 13, 2024

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Theresa Roberts posted on 7/18/24

Our deepest sympathies to the Vela family. Luis will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Sincerely, Theresa & Randy Roberts


Luis & Veronica Villarreal and sons (Luis, Andres & Raul) posted on 6/22/24

The Villarreal family sends our sincere condolence for the loss of Mr. Vela, our neighbor. We are praying for God to give your family peace and comfort during this time of mourning. The Bible says, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" Matthew 5:4. We had the blessing of knowing Mr. Vela as a good, caring neighbor and a true believer of God. Our prayer is for God's loving consolation during this difficult time.


Arabella G. García posted on 6/21/24

May God comfort your family.


Gloria Pena posted on 6/21/24

Sylvia, sincere condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Louie rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.


Gloria Pena posted on 6/21/24

In memory of Luis Vela Jr, Gloria Pena lit a candle


Felipe Martinez posted on 6/20/24

I would like to express my most sincere and heartfelt condolence to the Vela Family and all other relatives concerned. May the Lord grant you the strength and the faith to endure. May you continue in united and fervent prayer for our brother in Christ Luis to rest in peace in the Kingdom of the Lord. May the Lord grant you His blessings to persevere completing your mission that God has created for each one of you. My prayers are with you, and if there is anything I can do for you, please contact me.


Rene R. Contreras posted on 6/20/24

My condolences to the Vela family. Luis will be remembered in my prayers.


Frances Salinas posted on 6/20/24

Sending my deepest condolences. Sincerely , Frances Salinas 🙏


Ramon and Violeta Zertuche posted on 6/20/24

Our most sincere condolences, Sylvia and your beautiful family. A kind person always.


Ramon and Violeta Zertuche posted on 6/20/24

In memory of Luis Vela Jr, Ramon and Violeta Zertuche lit a candle


Ramon and Violeta Zertuche posted on 6/20/24

Our most sincere condolence, Sylvia and your beautiful family. A kind person, all the time. Ramon y Violeta Zertuce


Leopoldo Flores posted on 6/20/24

My sincerest condolences to the family of Luis Vela Jr. My name is Leopoldo Flores Sr. Mr. Vela knew me as "Leo". I worked under Luis at the US Postal Service for several years before he retired. He was always kind, courteous, helpful and had a very nice personality. I know that he will rest in peace in heaven, with our Lord, Jesus Christ, for sure. To the family, with the Lord's blessings, may God Bless all of you and help you all in this difficult time.


Jose Emilio Vela posted on 6/20/24

Our sincere condolences to the Luis Vela's Family on the passing of a dear friend and cousin, Primo Luis. May he rest in peace and find the Glory of God in the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessings to all his family members and close friends. Rest In Peace!


Alvarado Family posted on 6/19/24

So sorry for your loss. Mr. Vela, an extraordinary wonderful and kind gentleman.💙Rest in Peace. 🙏


Carmen posted on 6/19/24

Lou, my deepest sympathy. Respectfully Carmen McMichael 🙏🏻🙏🏻


Martha E. Miller posted on 6/19/24

Dear Sylvia, Our most sincere condolences for the passing of your Dad. We remember him as a kind and generous man who shared with us wonderful stories about his travels and the persons he met along the way. May God grant you peace and consolation. May he rest in peace. Blessings for you and Eric. Martha, Ron, Martie, Ronnie and Elizabeth Miller


John Cox posted on 6/19/24

Sylvia, God will wrap his loving arms around you in this difficult. Louie was a wonderful person whose friendship I cherished he is with Tirza now - playing continental.


ALFREDO E CERVERA posted on 6/19/24

Dear Sylvia and Children, Please accept deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your father! Luis was a friend and classmate at St. Joseph's Academy. He was a quiet man who got things done! I know that he was a great husband and father and that we will all miss him, but he earned his place in Heaven! All our love and prayers ! Sincerely, Alfredo and Betty Cervera


Team 67 posted on 6/19/24

In memory of Luis Vela Jr, Team 67 lit a candle


Team 67 posted on 6/19/24

Lou, Our deepest sympathhy from Team 67! Stay strong


Rafael Gallegos posted on 6/19/24

Sorry for your loss Lou, praying for you and your Loved ones!


JOSE ISRAEL HERNANDEZ posted on 6/19/24

Lou, I can only give my condolences as it is a difficult time when a loved one is called to be by the Lords side. Be assured that your father is at peace.


Joe & Susan Barberio posted on 6/18/24

So sorry to hear about Louie’s passing. We had a great time as we grew up. Always doing something. Joe Ernest, Susan Barberio and family.


Shekhar Gianchandani posted on 6/18/24

In memory of Luis Vela Jr, Shekhar Gianchandani lit a candle


Shekhar Gianchandani posted on 6/18/24

Dear Luis, May Almighty Lord Rest Your Soul in Eternal Peace. You were a noble soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, Bobby and Tony. 🙏🙏🙏🥲


Carmela L Martinez posted on 6/18/24

My sincere condolences on Louie’s passing. May our Merciful God bless all his family with the peace needed during this difficult time. My prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.


Luci and Bobby Adame posted on 6/15/24

Sending our sincere condolences to our dear friend, Sylvia, and all the Vela family. Louie was a wonderful, thoughtful friend who loved life and his family and friends. He was always there for us. We will treasure many good memories of our get togethers and it will take time for us to accept that he is no longer with us. May God be with you in this difficult time.