Oscar L. Fuentes, 66, beloved husband, father and grandfather, was called to heaven August 7, 2020.
He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Graciela A. Fuentes; children, Jaime (Claudia) Fuentes, Kristina (Charles) Guzman of San Antonio and Cynthia (Pablo) Torres. “Granpa” as he was referred to for the last 22 years leaves behind his most cherished treasures which were Samantha (Daniel Perez) Zamora, Carlos “Trey” Zamora III, Oscar Zamora, Karla Zamora, Cristian Guzman, Melanie Zamora, Sofia Guzman, Roberto Fuentes, Khloe Guzman, Liliana Fuentes and great-grandchildren, Heather Perez and Camila Perez. Granpa also had extended grandchildren including, Leeza Guzman, Jackie Torres, Lesley Torres, Pablo Torres, Jr and extended great-grandchildren Nathan Guzman, Sebastian Garibaldi and Roy Velasquez. Also left behind to cherish his memories are siblings Natividad (Minerva) Fuentes Jr, Rosario (Allen Long) Fuentes, Joel (Luz) Fuentes and Eduardo Alvarado. As is customary in the Fuentes Family, we also include our brothers by choice. Oscar’s childhood and lifelong brothers Roy Zamarippa, Antonio Lomas, Gerardo Perez, Michael Aviles+ and Ruben Zamarippa+.
Oscar was born to Natividad and Marina L. Fuentes in Uvalde, TX on February 10, 1954. Oscar was always proud to be a native son of Uvalde and enjoyed growing up in the outdoors hunting and especially his favorite pastime of fishing. Oscar also was a proud member of the Uvalde High School band, playing both the trumpet and coronet. He enjoyed sports including growing up playing baseball as a child and in his days in Eagle Pass, TX watching the Atlanta Braves with his family. While he loved the Astros as well, he followed the Braves to accommodate his loved ones as was customary. In an effort to also accommodate his loved one’s allegiances, he was torn between his wife’s deep-rooted love for her Dallas Cowboys and his son’s Houston Texans so he supported both. In this manner, he was always the peaceful mediator of the family, he looked at life objectively and fairly and wasn’t afraid to tell you what was right without choosing sides. He also grew up participating in Mariachi performances in Uvalde and loved listening to classic rock, good ole oldies, country and Tejano music. Oscar moved his family to Eagle Pass, TX in 1977 to begin a career at HEB which he continued for many years. In 1986 he received an opportunity to grow with the company and became a Lareadoan. It was here in Laredo that he watched his children grow, watching little league games, cheerleading performances and band/drill teams as well. He was proud of his children’s accomplishments and was always there to give a supportive High 5 or a consoling pat on the back. Upon his retirement, he and his wife returned to his beloved Uvalde to spend their time with family and friends. Oscar and Graciela spent their time traveling to casinos, which was recently his favorite hobby. Ever the optimist that was where he was to win big. They won big on the memories they shared together. Once Graciela retired as well after 40 years as part of the HEB family they chose to return to Laredo to spend their days being full time grandparents which was his most cherished time, ensuring that the legacy of his family was well versed in John Wayne classics as well as countless other westerns to which the grandchildren surprisingly obliged. Also, the most recent love of his life was his dear dog Daisy, who was gifted from a friend.
The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the directors of Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services at 1320 Trey Drive; Laredo, TX 78041. Due to these unprecedented times, the family will be receiving family and friends while ensuring the safety of their guests by social distancing and use of protective masks. We encourage the use of the virtual services that will be available via www.freddickey.com to truly ensure the safety of all well-wishers. The viewing will be Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a Rosary to begin at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church on Hillside Road Friday, August 14, 2020 at 9:30 am with Interment to follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
“Padre, te has llevado a mi esposo. Hemos recorrido juntos una parte de nuestro camino de esta vida. Hemos condividido las alegrías y las penas, los gozos y las dificultades. Fue hermoso, aunque no siempre fue fácil. De todo te doy gracias. Ahora mi esposo se ha ido. He quedado sola. A el dale la felicidad eterna; a mi dame la fuerzade poder decir; hágase tu santa voluntad. Y haz que un día nos encontramos en la Patria eterna. Maria, consuelo de los afligidos, intercede por nosotros. Amen”
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
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Time: 9:30 am