Ricardo Rico Hernandez

Obituary of Ricardo Rico Hernandez

Ricardo Rico Hernandez was born on April 3rd, 1933, to Leonor Hernandez Cortez and Antonio Rico Hernandez in Zacatlan, Puebla. He died at home in Connell on July 9, 2021. He was a man of many interests and talents. His older sister Amparo taught him to read and do math before he started school. She instilled a passion for learning that served him well in his many endeavors as an entrepreneur. His first job was as a paperboy at the age of 5. He apprenticed as a baker and then as a barber, both of which allowed him the freedom to travel throughout Mexico and start his own businesses. It also allowed him to pursue his passion for bullfighting. As an amateur Matador, he was gored twice. These injuries did not deter him. He loved being the center of attention in the ring. He joked that he could introduce himself to the prettiest girls in town all at once. He was a romantic and enjoyed singing ballads, reading poetry, and oil painting. He settled in Tijuana, where he was an active supporter of the community. He participated in fundraisers to build schools and clinics. In 1969 he met his future wife Isidra while visiting friends. He said it was love at first sight on his part. Ricardo was so stunned by her beauty that he choked on his coffee, and it shot out his nose. Fortunately for him, Isidra gave him a second chance to make a first impression. They married in June of 1970 and lived in Tijuana until 1976, when economic conditions took a downturn. They immigrated to Washington, where Ricardo went to work for Castilleja’s Bakery in Pasco until October 1977, when he started working at Lamb Weston. He took pride in supporting his family through his work which led to a late retirement at age 80. Ricardo spent his free time reading and watching novellas with mom. He liked to tell jokes and debate current events and philosophical topics. Occasionally he irritated Isidra. Instead of apologizing, he resorted to serenading her. We will miss his interesting stories and his laughter. He is survived by the love of his life Isidra Rodriguez de Rico, his 8 children Ricardo Ceberiano Rico, Leonor (Jamie Barker), Maria Elena (Juliuse Singleton), Enrique Rico (Lorena), Adriana (Arthur Amaya), Carlos Rico, Elisabeth (Owen Schwendiman), Linda (Greg Dement). He was very proud of his grandchildren. Jesenia, David, Kiara, Armand, Elieser, Alexandra, Orlando, Issa, Alyssa, Andrea, Devin, Lanae, Sofia, Arthur, Mara, Millah, Zoey, Xavier, Alise, Andrew, and Eliana. He was incredibly proud of his three great-grandchildren Kenly, Izuriah, and Ace. He was preceded in death by his parents Leonor and Antonio, his sister Amparo, his brother Carlos, his daughter Dorotea and his beloved granddaughter Alex. Ricardo Rico Hernandez nació el 3 de Abril de 1933, hijo de Leonor Hernandez Cortez y Antonio Rico Hernandez, originario de Zacatlán, Puebla. Murió en su casa en Connell el 9 de julio de 2021. Era un hombre de muchos intereses y talentos. Su hermana mayor, Amparo, le enseñó a leer y hacer matemáticas antes de que comenzara la escuela. Ella inculcó una pasión por el aprendizaje que le sirvió bien en sus muchos esfuerzos como emprendedor. Su primer trabajo fue como repartidor de periódicos a la edad de 5 años. Fue aprendiz de panadero y luego de peluquero, lo que le dio la libertad de viajar por todo México y comenzar sus propios negocios. También le permitió seguir con su pasión por la tauromaquia. Como novillero, fue corneado dos veces. Estas heridas no lo disuadieron. Le encantaba ser el centro de atención en el ring. Bromeó diciendo que podía presentarse a las chicas más bonitas de la ciudad todas a la vez. Era un romántico y disfrutaba cantando baladas, leyendo poesía y pintando al óleo. Se instaló en Tijuana, donde fue un activo partidario de la comunidad. Participó en eventos de recaudación de fondos para construir escuelas y clínicas. En 1969 conoció a su futura esposa Isidra mientras visitaba a unos amigos. Dijo que fue amor a primera vista de su parte. Ricardo estaba tan asombrado por su belleza que se atragantó con su café y le salió disparado por la nariz. Afortunadamente para él, Isidra le dio una segunda oportunidad para hacer una primera impresión. Se casaron en Junio de 1970 y vivieron en Tijuana hasta 1976, cuando las condiciones económicas se deterioraron. Emigraron a Washington, donde Ricardo trabajo en Panadería Castilleja’s Bakery en Pasco hasta Octubre de 1977, cuando comenzó a trabajar en Lamb Weston. Se enorgullecía de apoyar a su familia a través de su trabajo, lo que lo llevó a una jubilación tardía a los 80 años. Ricardo pasaba su tiempo libre leyendo y viendo novelas con mamá. Le gustaba contar chistes y debatir sobre actualidad y temas filosóficos. El irritaba a Isidra de vez en cuando. En lugar de disculparse, recurrió a darle serenata. Extrañaremos sus interesantes historias y su risa contagiosa. Le sobreviven el amor de su vida Isidra Rodríguez de Rico, sus hijos Ricardo Ceberiano Rico, Leonor (Jamie Barker), María Elena (Juliuse Singleton), Enrique Rico (Lorena), Adriana (Arthur Amaya), Carlos Rico, Elisabeth (Owen Schwendiman), Linda (Greg Dement). Estaba muy orgulloso de sus nietos. Jesenia, David, Kiara, Armand, Elieser, Alex, Orlando, Issa, Alyssa, Andrea, Devin, Lanae, Sofia, Arthur, Mara, Millah, Zoey, Xavier, Alise, Andrew y Eliana. Estaba increíblemente orgulloso de sus tres bisnietos Kenly, Izuriah y Ace. Le precedieron en muerte sus padres Leonor y Antonio, su hermana Amparo, su hermano Carlos, su hija Dorotea y su amada nieta Alexandra.
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