Ricardo “Rick” Olivares

Ricardo “Rick” Olivares
September 26, 1946 — November 25, 2019

Rick Olivares, 73, of Bryan, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019, in Temple after a lengthy battle with liver disease. A visitation will begin at 5 pm with a Rosary at 7 pm, on January 2 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, Bryan, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am, on January 3 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bryan, Texas, with Military Honors. Interment will be 1:30 pm, Friday, January 3, 2020, at Houston National Cemetery. Cremation Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

He met the love of his life, Bobbie Cultice Brzoznowski, and they married in 2003.
Rick was born in Eagle Pass, Texas to Manuel S. and Enriqueta Garza Olivares, on September 26, 1946. He graduated from Eagle Pass high school class of 1964 and came to Texas A&M as soon as possible. Although, he needed to experience the other school he left immediately after one semester coming to TEXAS A&M graduating as a member of the Class of 1974. Rick honorably served in the US Air Force for 4 years. His service would take him to foreign territories as an Intel Operational Specialist. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4692 and served as District 17 Commander and Post Commander. He was also, a member of the American Legion Earl Graham Post No. 159 and a member of the Adam Royder Masonic Lodge No. 778, A.F. & A.M. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St, Joseph Council 11759.

He worked for Texas A&M for 30 years, retiring in 2001. After several years, he received his teaching degree and taught Spanish in Calvert, Hearne and Bryan ISD. Family and friends as a loving husband, father, proud Aggie, proud patriot and US Air Force veteran will fondly remember Rick.

His parents Manuel S. and Enriqueta Garza Olivares, his siblings Manual R. Olivares, Maria dem Carmen Olivares, Brother-In-Law Bob Gudowski, and Stepson Ed Brzoznowski, precede him in death.

Rick is survived by his wife, Bobbie Olivares, daughter Brandy Olivares (Billy Gann),
Stepfather of Mike (Adrien) Brzoznowski, Bob (Caroline) Brzoznowski and Jeni (Josh) Lazenby. Proud grandfather of Emily and Connor Gann; Madison, Leah and Paige Lazenby; Gracelyn, Ayda and Mary Brzoznowski; Brad and Ava Brzoznowski. Brother of Esther Gudowski, Enriqueta (Jim) Freeman, Alberto M. (Norma) Olivares, Angeles (James) Lehmann. His best friend for the past 45 years, Jerry (Cookie) Nucker and is survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank all those who helped Rick through this journey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brazos County VFW Post 4692 in honor of Rick.

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  1. So sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. We had expected him and Bobbie at our 55th Class Reunion on November 9th. I was not aware of him being ill. Condolences and prayers for the family. Rest in Peace Rick. Class of 1964!

  2. We lost a great friend in Rick. He was the equipment manager for the football team when I was head coach at Eagle Pass High School. He later attended Texas A&M where we reconnected. He also worked at A&M for many years where I was also employed, so our friendship has been long standing. He was loved and respected by many and will be missed. He had called recently to invite me to go with him to the 55th Class Reunion . I regret that we were not able to make that trip together. Our love and sympathy to all who mourn his loss.

  3. It is sad to here of Rick’s passing. I have many good memories of Rick as we were friends in Eagle Pass and at UT before he transferred to Texas A&M. I got to see him at the 50 yr reunion. Condolences to his family.

  4. Anna & I wish to convey our deepest sympathy to Bobbie and the rest of Olivares family. Rick was my friend as well as my classmate in elementary, middle school & high school. I last saw Rick & Bobbie at our 50th High School Reunion in Eagle Pass. Rick was smart, kind, and never lost his good sense of humor. I will always cherished our friendship. May God receive Rick with open arms.

  5. Bobbie, I’m so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. May God wrap each of you in His loving arms and grant you His perfect peace.

  6. Bobbie and the Olivares Family- We were very sorry to learn about the illness and recent death of Rick. We pray for God’s comfort and blessing for Bobbie and all family members at this difficult time. We know he will be missed by all. Ron and Linda Sasse-College Station

  7. Bobbie and family. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers now and through out the upcoming years. Love. Cousins. Charlie Sandie Brzoznowski

  8. Our condolences to the Olivares family. Rick and I were members of the Eagle Pass High School Class of 1964. May he rest in peace.

  9. With our deepest condolences. Rick did a lot of great work for the VFW and his efforts on behalf of veterans will be remembered.

  10. Bobbie and family,

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May you find comfort in the memories in the days ahead.

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