Jose Richard Vela

April 22, 1946 - March 8, 2024
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Jose Richard Vela

Jose Richard Vela

April 22, 1946 – March 8, 2024

Jose Richard Vela passed away peacefully at the age of 77 on March 8, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Born on April 22, 1946, in Laredo, Texas.

Survived by Virginia, his loving wife of 58 years; his daughters Andrea Arriola, Cindy Vela, and Marcie Applegate (Larry); his grandchildren Michelle, Richard, Jennifer, Renee, and Anna; his great-grandchildren Xavier, Adrian, Ayden, Ayviana, Melinda, Natalie, and Noah; siblings Zorina Sandoval (Juan) and Jose Raymon Vela (Maria); his many loving nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jose Ramon and Ninfa Vela, and siblings Raul Vela, Maria Carmona, Rene Vela, and Noe Vela; his grandchildren Victoria (Martinez) Alvarez, and Christopher Martinez: his son-in-law Ruben Arriola.

Richard grew up in Sacramento, California, where he graduated from Luther Burbank High School. He worked for Coca-Cola for many years until he retired. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, camping, boating, annual deer hunting trips, spending time working on his yard and watching westerns on TV. His most enjoyable time spent was having family and friends around him. He was always full of smiles and excitement when he was visited or when he visited others. He was very welcoming and hospitable to all his family and friends. It was always a fun and joyous time when he was around.

A celebration of his life will be held on:
Thursday, April 4th, 2024,
at St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center,
6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820,
Viewing from 5:30- 8:00 pm.
Rosary at 6:00 pm.

Friday, April 5th, 2024,
at St. Paul’s Catholic Church,
8720 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95828,
Mass at 10:00 am.

Gravesite burial will immediately follow
at St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center,
6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820.