Mission - Rogelio “Roy” Villalpando, was born in Weslaco, Texas in 1966. He passed Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Mission Regional Medical Center of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramiro and Sofia Villalpando. \n \n Roy attended school in Edcouch-Elsa, graduated in 1984 from Edcouch-Elsa High School where he participated in football for the Yellow Jackets, also known as La Maquina Amarilla. \n \n Roy received his Associates Degree from South Texas College and was employed in operations at GE Aviation in McAllen for 13 years. He was a positive, skilled, hard worker. Roy enjoyed taking part in many company events outside of work with his colleagues, who were his work family. \n \n Roy was a man of faith and dedicated parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mission. He was united in holy matrimony to Alma Delia Villalpando in July 1990. Roy and Alma’s union was blessed for 32 years. Alma carries on with Roy in her heart and mind. \n \n Roy was passionate about his family and friends, and friends who became chosen family. If you were graced to be one of his friends, you knew his passion for Dallas Cowboys football. He never quit his team, good times or bad. He was a vintage car enthusiast and enjoyed showing his beloved 1969 Ford Torino. \n \n Roy enjoyed a cold brew while grilling his delicious briskets. If you had one of Roy’s briskets, your tastebuds were in for the meal of a lifetime. His cooking was his way of showing his love and affection to his family and friends. \n \n Roy was a problem solver, tackling any challenge, from home projects to holiday light displays. Each year he would help his mother-in-law, Arcelia Cantu, assemble complicated art décor for her Christmas light display in Palmview, Texas. You may have seen some of his skilled work on the hit ABC show “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in December 2021. The Cantu family participated in the national television competition. \n \n Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Ramiro P. and Sofia D. Villalpando, his sister Minerva Lopez, and nephews, Oscar Rene Lopez and Alberto “Tito” Reyes, Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife, Alma, brother Ricardo (deceased Noemi) Villalpando, sister Elizabeth V. (Ruben) Romero, sister Diana (Alberto) Reyes, brother Rene (Barbara) Villalpando, a host of devoted nieces and nephews: Anna Casilda Garcia, Norina Borjas, Araceli Reyes, Ruben Alberto Romero Jr., Francisco Alberto Romero, Omero Lopez, numerous grand nieces, nephews, great grandnephew, in-laws Rogelio & Arcelia Cantu, brother-in-law Rogelio “Roy” Cantu Jr., brother-in-law Ricardo “Ric” (Nicole) Cantu, sister-in-law Linda L. Cantu, nephew Benjamin Cantu, nephew & Godchild Jonathan Cantu, niece Olivia Cantu, cousins and friends. \n \n The Villalpando-Cantu families wish to extend our sincere thanks to our family and friends. Forever Remembered – Forever Missed. \n \n Funeral services are being provided by Ric Brown Funeral Services in Mission. Visitation is Sunday, October 16, 2022, 4:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Ric Brown Funeral Home, 621 East Griffin Parkway, Mission. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Monday, October 17, 2022, 621 N Dunlap Avenue in Mission. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens, 3611 N Taylor Road in McAllen.