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Rick ‘Ricky’ Lopez

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Rick ‘Ricky’ Lopez

December 10, 1963 – November 8, 2021

 

Rick “Ricky” Lopez was born on December 10, 1963, to Enrique and Obdulia Lopez in Acambaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was the third child in his family and has three sisters. His family moved to Texas when Rick was about a month old, and he lived in Knox City and Munday, Texas. The family moved to Sweetwater, Texas, when Rick was in the second grade, and this is where he grew up and graduated high school in 1982. 

Rick was competitive about all things and had a passion for sports. He played football, baseball and ran track throughout his school years. He has numerous newspaper articles highlighting his athletic performances and accomplishments over those years. 

After high school graduation, he attended Angelo State University on a track scholarship and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Later, he completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas. 

He met his wife, Jennifer, 23 years ago in Austin through mutual friends. In 2008, they were blessed with their son, Zachary, and he is daddy’s pride and joy! 

Rick worked as an HSE consultant in oil and gas for 25 years and spent many years on the road working hard for his family. He was a dedicated husband and father who loved his family and pets dearly. In his time off, he cherished the time he had with them at home. 

The goal this year was for him to be home after his wife graduated from nurse practitioner school in August so that he could be present for Zachary during his middle and high school years and attend all of his games and events. 

Rick took great pride in teaching his son how to play various sports and enjoyed watching him on the field. Playing catch was one of their all-time favorite things to do together! Rick also enjoyed riding motorcycles and dirt bikes, being outdoors, hiking, jogging, bicycling, listening to live music, fishing, traveling and collecting knives, watches and sunglasses. He had a good sense of humor and a very boisterous laugh. He loved to tell stories and share his wisdom and advice. He was a loyal friend who was loved by many and would do anything needed for those he cared about.

Rick left this earth and his family way too soon. As anyone who knows him would expect him to do, he fought his illness with toughness and determination all the way to the end. His departure has left a huge void in the lives of those he left behind and he will be greatly missed until we are rejoined someday. 

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Lynn Gates Lopez, and son Zachary Ryan Lopez of Boerne, Texas; his father, Enrique Lopez; his sisters, Alba Lopez Brown, Tina Lopez Angelo and Ruth Lopez Butkovich; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Obdulia Lopez. 

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on his birthday, December 10, 2021, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom at The Kendall Inn in Boerne, Texas. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider contributing to a GoFundMe memorial fund for Rick that has been established in his honor. All donations will go directly to Zachary’s college fund. https://www.gofundme.com/f/donations-for-zachary-in-lieu-of-flowers?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

Jen and Zach would like to express their deep appreciation to their family, friends, neighbors, coaches, teammates and community for the overwhelming love, support and strength you have given us during this very difficult time. We are so very blessed to have you all and would not want to be on this journey without you. 

We would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff in the fourth floor ICU at Methodist Stone Oak for providing compassionate care every day during these unprecedented and challenging times. You are a dedicated group of healthcare professionals and an inspiration to us all! 

To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Rick’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.