Ruben G. Vela

January 19, 1947 - April 18, 2016
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Ruben G. Vela, 69, entered into eternal rest Monday, April 18, 2016.

Mr. Vela was a US Army Vietnam veteran who served his country honorably.  His bravery during the Vietnam War earned him several medals.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Santiago (Benita) Vela.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 11 years of marriage: Martha Alvarado Vela, son: Ruben Vela, Jr., brothers, sisters, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive guests Friday, April 22, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, where a holy rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services chapel.  Chapel service will commence at 10:00 am.  Interment will follow to the City Cemetery.  Full military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 59 and Flag Fold Presentation by the United States Army.

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

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, April 22, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Chapel Service at 10:00 am

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016

City Cemetery


3200 N Meadow Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040


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Born: January 19, 1947
Died: April 18, 2016

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Javier Montoya posted on 4/22/16

Rest in Peace my old Friend-we played football together at Martin High School in 1963. I know you graduated from Nixon, but once a Tiger always a Tiger. My condolences to the family.


David Lozano and family posted on 4/22/16

My deepest condolences to the family of my good friend Ruben Vela. I pray for strength for all the family. He will be greatly missed.


David Lozano posted on 4/22/16

In behalf of David Lozano and family, I want to extend my sincere condolences to all the family. Prayers are with you and the entire family. He was a good friend.


Mario Meza, Jr posted on 4/22/16

Sincere condolences to the Vela family.


Juan Tijerina posted on 4/21/16

My earliest memories of Ruben go back to El Siete Nuevo, Russell Terrace, and the mid 1960's. Man, some of the things we did, the adventures had! What an athlete in his youth!! If foe, Ruben could be your worst enemy. If friend, loyalty was his hallmark. RIP buddy.


manuel padilla posted on 4/21/16

May you rest in Peace Ruben, Have memories of when we were in Jr. High School. My Condolence for the Family of Ruben and Friends. RIP.


John (Nancy) Chamberlain posted on 4/20/16

I have very fond memories of friendship and playing ball with Ruben from our Little League years to our graduation from Nixon High School. Ruben was kind hearted and an extremely talented athlete who served our country with honor. Look forward to seeing you again in heaven.