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Obituary – Hector Reynaldo “La Zorra” Valadez
March 22, 2018
MISSION – Hector Reynaldo “La Zorra” Valadez, 85, entered into eternity with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Hector Reynaldo “La Zorra” Valadez, age 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at McAllen Medical Center. Rey will be forever remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father and doting grandfather and great grandfather. Rey is survived by his wife of 64 years, Irene Valadez; sons Rey (Elsa) Valadez Jr., Joe (Aida) Valadez, Rick (Elena) Valadez, Bobby (Linda) Valdez, Roy (Paige) Valadez; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Rey was born on March 14, 1933, in Mission, TX. He is now reunited with his beloved parents Santana and Juanita Valadez and brothers Roberto “Bobby” Valadez, Jose Valadez, Antonio “Tony” Tijerina and Ramiro Tijerina.
Rey’s first love was his wife Irene. They met at the young age of nine years old and have been together since. He was a proud 1952 graduate of Mission High School and attended Pan American College. He served in the Korean War and retired with the United States Post Office after 36 years of service. Rey’s second love was baseball. He played high school baseball. He played with Pan American Broncs; U.S. Army, Los Bandidos, Benji’s Corner of McAllen, Texas a semi pro team as well as the famous 30/30 semi pro team. He was mentored by Leo Najo, the first Mexican American to play professional ball. His love of baseball ran deep. He coached Pony and Colt League teams in Mission for many years and was the head coach for the Hidalgo County Colt League World Series Champions in 1962. He was inducted into Leo Najo Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the loving caregivers at the Alfredo Gonzalez Veterans Nursing Home and staff at McAllen Medical Center. Rey lived a full and blessed life. He impacted the life of all those who were fortunate to know him. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be his 5 sons and his nephew, Rey Garcia Jr. and as honorary pallbearer will be Hector “Kito” Garcia.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 2-9pm with a 7pm rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 9:30am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.