Natividad “Nat” Iglesias, Jr.

February 6, 1952 - January 31, 2023
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Natividad “Nat” Iglesias, Jr. heard the Lord’s call and went home to be with Him on January 31, 2023 surrounded by his wife and daughters, at the age of 70.

Nat was born in Alton, Texas on February 6, 1952, to Natividad and Guadalupe Iglesias. He was the eldest son of nine siblings, including Mary, Tina, Moy, Delores, Ferm, Angel, Marcy, and Maribel. He grew up in humble beginnings traveling throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming to assist his father and mother by picking cotton, fruits, and vegetables as a migrant worker. He had one pair of shoes which he wore for school, sports, and to go to church. His most vivid memory as a child was running barefoot for half a mile in the cold and icy conditions to get his grandmother to help his infant sister. He was determined to save her so she would not succumb to the bitter, harsh weather Texas was facing. Nat was artistic, athletic, and the life of the party when he went dancing on Friday nights. He graduated from Mission High School, class of 1971 and was nominated and won for Best All Around his senior year.

At one of those high school dances, he met eyes with a beautiful young lady from McAllen, Tonette Guerra. Although several of his friends wanted to ask her to dance, he said, “Not a chance” and went right up to her and asked her to dance. The rest became Nat and Tonette’s love story and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.

In 1979, Nat moved his family from the Valley to Laredo, Texas and began working for Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement 30 years later. Throughout Nat’s life he studied the word of God daily, played football, baseball, basketball, and golf, hunted with his brothers and son, fished, drew and sketched, a master carpenter, cheered and got mad with the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed the outdoors at his ranch “El Belduque.” He worked hard for his family, always told his children “We’re the best in the world” and completely melted for each one of his five granddaughters.

Nat would start each day saying, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Each day let us find laughter and humor, live life to the fullest, be grateful and thankful for what God has given us. He wanted us to remember what he wrote in his bible, “Study leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to understanding, understanding leads to WISDOM.”

Nat is preceded in death and now joined in heaven with his loving son, Eric Gabriel Iglesias of Laredo, his parents Natividad Iglesias, Sr. and Guadalupe “Lupe” Treviño-Iglesias of Mission and his in-laws, Joe G. and Lillie M. Guerra of McAllen, Texas.

Left in the caring hands of God is his beloved wife and “mera mera” of forty-nine years; Tonette Iglesias; “in the history of the world the best daughters”; Lillie Christine Rendón, Sarah Elena Butler and Marlene Jeanette Gonzales; his sons-in-law, but whom he considered his sons, Ricardo “Rick” Rendón, Luis A. Butler and Zach R. Gonzales; his granddaughters who were his “Beautifuls”; Jasmine Christine Rendón, Faith Victoria Butler, Grace Elena Butler, Hope Alexandra Butler and Shea Ryiel Gonzales; his sisters and brothers; Mary (Albert) Cantu, Tina (Leonel) Flores, Moy (Iris) Iglesias, Delores Lopez, Fermin Iglesias, Angel (Selma) Iglesias, Marcy (Larry) Garza and Maribel (Chris) Chandler; and numerous nephews, nieces, family and friends.

The Iglesias family would like to thank Dr. Mary Casiwa, Compassus Hospice Team including Rachel, Kayla, Tinesha, Bonnie, and Champlain Bob for their unwavering care, compassion and love they showed for Nat.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Fred Dickey Funeral home, 1320 Trey Dr., on Wednesday, February 8th from 5:30-9:00 pm with a prayer starting at 7:00 pm. Abiding with Nat’s request he will be cremated.

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 www.freddickey.com

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Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

 

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Born: February 6, 1952
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Norma and Rick Tolento posted on 2/8/23

Sis Tonette and family Our sincere and deepest condolences. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you and Christine, Sarah and Marlene at this difficult time. Wishing you all the best and know you all have my full support in every moment. May my BIL Nat RIP and may God Bless you all. Love always, Norma and Rick Tolento

 

Sarah Iglesias-Butler posted on 2/7/23

Dad, I can't understand why you were taken from us so early but... I will Trust in the Lord and lean not on my own understanding. Thank you for providing, loving me wholeheartedly, and for showing me through Faith and God's unfailing Grace we can Hope for great blessings in this life on earth. I love you, Dad.

 

Robert Moore posted on 2/6/23

Tonette, I worked with your husband for many years when I was forced to Laredo to work a switch engine and away from my family staying at the hotel. During our meal period, sometimes spent with Nat the laughter never stopped. I am so heart broken that I will be out of town on this memorable occasion. He was such a nice guy to work with when ever I was in Laredo and always kind to the guys from San Antonio. I'll always remember him telling me god is with us Buzzard. You'll be ok, NO JUST KICK THE CARS in the right track. So much fun and so much laughter I was so happy when I was told who I was working with when I got the call. I cannot express my deepest sympathy for you and the family. My wife Cathy and I send all our best and very much love to you. With my utmost respect, Buzzard aka: Robert Moore

 

Jasmine Rendon posted on 2/5/23

Love and Miss you Popo! Thank you for being the best grandfather and granddaughter can ever ask for!? - Jasmine

 

Rachel Pantuso posted on 2/5/23

It was such an honor and blessing to care for Nat. The whole family was a blessing to my life as I was to theirs. May the light, comfort and peace of the Father surround your family through this time and always!

 

The Garza and Ibarra Family posted on 2/5/23

In memory of Natividad “Nat” Iglesias, Jr., The Garza and Ibarra Family lit a candle

 

Belinda Leal posted on 2/4/23

Our condolences RIP NAT. God be with your family at this difficult time???

 

Judge Fred Garza, Jr. posted on 2/4/23

In memory of Natividad “Nat” Iglesias, Jr., Judge Fred Garza, Jr. lit a candle

 

Robert Izaguirre posted on 2/4/23

To my friend Nat, May you rest in peace. We became best of friends though high school. We were unstoppable. Their was nothing that we couldn’t do. Every day was an adventure. We were the caga palos of the school. Everything was a dare and we accomplished it. You were Iglesia and I was Izaguirre, always one behind the other in all school events. We were street smart with no car but managed to get were we had to be. We were alway together and we depended on each other. We had fun and I will always cherish those memories. I will always miss you my friend. I can not believe you are gone. Say hi to our third buddy Joe Munoz and open your arms to your son Eric. Good bye my friend. Your friend Robert Izaguirre.

 

Judge Fred Garza, Jr. posted on 2/4/23

Deepest condolences to the Iglesias family. May God bless you all during this time of sorrow. It was a lot fun growing up as a neighbor to the Iglesias family. I want to thank Nat for introducing me to football. He used to throw passes to Fermin and me when we were young kids. I will always cherish the friendship we developed over the years. I always keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Nat. Until we meet again.

 

Richard and Estella Flores posted on 2/4/23

Our deepest condolences to Nat’s wife and family . Richard and I graduated with Nat at Mission High School Class of 1971 and we were sadden to hear of his passing . Will keep you and your family in our prayers .??

 

José Treviño jr posted on 2/4/23

Nuestro mas sincero pésame de parte de José (Joe) Treviño Jr, compañero de trabajo del unión pacific por muchos años y capitán del equipo de Softball de la compañía

 

Laura A. Willingham posted on 2/4/23

I was so sad to hear about the recent passing of Nat. Even though it had been many years ago that I last saw Nat, I will always remember he was such a kindhearted man. I know he is now with our Heavenly Father. Just treasure all those beautiful memories you all shared together as a family.

 

John Hale posted on 2/4/23

In memory of Natividad “Nat” Iglesias, Jr., John Hale lit a candle

 

John Hale posted on 2/4/23

Brother that is going to be missed.

 

Refugio Huerta posted on 2/4/23

Tonette and family, My heart was saddened when I learned about Nat’s passing. He was great friend and brother. His memory will live in my heart forever. God and the angels are happy to have him in their midst. May the Lord give you abundant faith , hope and love to guide you through this moment of grief. May God fortify you with his love. We will keep Nat and you all in our prayers. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God Rest In Peace. Your friends forever, Refugio (Bats) HUERTA and Vangie Huerta.

 

Jessica Perez posted on 2/4/23

What a beautiful tribute! May he rest easy and be at peace in the arms of the Lord. ?️✝️

 

Oscar Elizondo posted on 2/4/23

The Elizondo family is so sorry to hear this news. He was a great friend the years we lived in Laredo. A man of integrity and honor. May he rest in piece and may the Perpetual light shine upon him. Prayers for the family and Love and support.

 

Chap/Pastor Robert Coon Sr. posted on 2/3/23

May God be with and comfort each of you during this time. Our deepest condolences and sympathies. May Jesus bring you peace. Chaplain Robert Coon and Family.

 

Lillie Christine Iglesias-Rendon posted on 2/3/23

Dad, In the history of the world I couldn't have asked for a better Father, Provider, Hard-Worker, Comedian and Dancer. I will grow stronger in God's word and will apply what you have taught me to my family so your Legacy can go on and on. I will keep my promise to you by honoring and caring for Mom the best way I can and keep in my mind that I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength because "ALL is a small word with BIG meaning." Love, Your Muneca and Chaparrita de Oro

 

Veronica A Cornejo (Betty) posted on 2/3/23

My deepest condolences to the Iglesias family. Mr Iglesias, may you rest in peace.

 

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