Roberto Valdez

March 1, 1931 - April 13, 2015
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After a prolonged illness, during this week Roberto Laurel Valdez Sr., 84, passed away in Laredo, Texas.

During his lifetime, Mr. Valdez was locally an aspiring artist, Newspaper printer for the Laredo Times. He was an honorably-discharged veteran with the U.S. Navy and temporarily involved with the Laredo Volunteers group during his early years.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and, paratrooper occasionally, traveling, swimming, gardening, cooking, and reading about classical Roman & Greek civilizations as well as Jack London, a well-known California writer.  In short, he will be missed by his entire family & relatives who will be celebrating his life at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services.

He was preceded by his beloved mother, Josefina Laurel Ortegon who married twice; first to his late father, Vicente Ayala, and then his late step-father, Guadalupe Ortegon.  He survived by his wife of 67 years, Maria de Los Angeles Luna Valdez, and their immediate family; his eldest daughter, Diana Valdez Barnes with her husband, Steve, as well as  their daughters, Desiree & Natalie with their families, and son, George Devilliers III; their second daughter, Fabiola Valdez Bailey with her two sons, Kevin & Robert Bailey and youngest daugher, Roxanna Valdez Rios with her husband, Art, as well as sons, Eryk, Diamond & Sergio; Also, their eldest son, Roberto Valdez & his wife, Bernadeen, as well son, Gavin; and their youngest son, Cesar Valdez, with his daughter, Marissa; and son, Danny Valdez, wife Elizabeth with his family Roxanna, Lisa, Daniel Jr.  He was proceeded by his eldest brother, Ricardo (Juanita) Valdez. . . survived by two other brothers, Leopoldo (Juanita) Valdez and Vidal (Beatriz) Valdez and their families; all his 68 Leroy Medford Club & VFW friends, Odie Arambula and best friends Lupe Saenz & Arturo Garcia.

The family will be receiving friends for a memorial service on, Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Chapel service will officiate at 12:00pm.   Full military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 59 and Flag Fold presentation by the United States Navy.  A memorial mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 20, 2015 at San Luis Rey Catholic Church, 3502 Sanders, at 7:15 pm, officiated by Fr. Michael Gergen.

Funeral Services are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. 78041, (956)723-3611.  You may sign the guest book or leave condolences to the family online at


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Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

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Cremation Associates of Laredo


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: March 1, 1931
Died: April 13, 2015

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Roberto Valdez Jr. posted on 4/21/15

On behalf of my beloved Mother and late father, I wish to express, extend our heart-felt thanks for those family members and friends who were able to attend, participate his vigil, eulogy, and reception as well as Navy Honor Guard ceremony on Saturday (4/18/15), and memorial mass at San Luis Rey Church on Monday evening (4/20/15). If I knew my father as he knew me, I know that he would have been touched to see all of the Valdezes, Lunas, Ortegones, Rodriguezes, Barnes, Gonzales, Rios, Gaitans, Arredondos, and Ballesteros as well as his buddies from the 68 Club, celebrating his life journey. Please accept our deepest appreciation for all those who expressed their condolences at this time. Vayan Con Dios Que Nos Bendiga (Go With God Who Blesses Us)! my, our father's river of life


Guadalupe Saenz posted on 4/21/15

Our condolences to the Valdez family from Mr. and Mrs. Guadalupe Saenz and family.


Rubio Family posted on 4/19/15

I would like to express my condolences to your family, it can be hard for friends and family to find the right words to express at difficult times like these. The Bible is a great source to look into and has helped me personally when My dad passed away. Jesus Christ promised that millions now dead will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever in a peaceful beautiful paradise earth. (Isaiah 35:5,6 John 5:29) A comforting thought is at Revelation 21:3,4, where it states "...And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry be anymore the former things have past away". This scripture gives us hope for the future! You can also find comfort in Acts 24:15 - Death does not end it all. May Jehovah God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. (Ps.46:1, Ps.83:18)


Mr. and Mrs. Guadalupe Saenz posted on 4/18/15

Condolences to the Valdez family from Mr. and Mrs. Guadalupe Saenz.


Mr. and Mrs. Guadalupe Saenz posted on 4/18/15

Condolences to the family from Mr. and Mrs. Guadalupe Saenz.


Guadalupe Saenz posted on 4/18/15

On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Guadalupe Saenz our condolences to the family. Our prayers are with all of you.


Juan Guerra posted on 4/18/15

My sincere condolences to the Valdez family, I used to see Robert around Laredo a few years back and we would talk about 'la colonia' from time to time. He was a good, sincere and hard working man. May he rest in peace. God keep you all.


Misty Hoffman posted on 4/18/15

I am so sorry for your loss. May warm memories give you some comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Mary Whipps posted on 4/17/15

My Dear Friend Roxy, I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not have the pleasure to meet your dad but, Sam did and he became very fond of him. Sam admired your father very much. Sam would meet up with him regularly at the 68 club. It appears they had several things in common, both avid readers and history buffs. May he rest in peace and my sincerest condolences to you and your family.


Lisa Hernandez posted on 4/17/15

Condolences to the family, especially my brother Danny Valdez and sister in law Elizabeth Valdez who unselfishly looked after his father for over 18 years as they opened their heart and their home. Danny and Elizabeth were there to offer comfort, security, and a pleseant environment as they assisted with his daily needs. We are happy he will meet with all his family members who've preceeded him in death and those friends who impacted his life, especially Graciela Sanchez of over 50yrs. God has opened his doors to all who believe in him.