Richard S. Gallegos, 45, passed on Sept. 13, 2004, in Pueblo West, Colorado. Survived by his wife, Catherine; children, Olivia and Richard; mother, Annabelle (Gerald) Martinez of San Leandro, Calif.; father, Salomon (Rebecca) Gallegos of Santa Fe, N.M.; brother, Robert; sister, Tresa; grandmother, Pelegrina Padilla; mother-in-law, Ruth Dockery of Pueblo; Godson, Nicky Boy; Goddaughter, Jada; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins of Colo., N.M. and Calif. Rick was born Dec. 28, 1958, in Oakland, Calif., where he was a precision machinist. Moving to Pueblo West a year ago allowed him to fulfill his dream of being an involved, stay-at-home Dad. Being an avid sports fan, especially a diehard 49ers football fan, Rick enjoyed coaching his son's baseball team, 'The Rangers.' Funeral service was held 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2004, at St. Leander's Church, 550 W. Estudillo, in San Leandro. Condolences may be expressed online at

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  1. Daddy,

    I can’t believe your gone. After almost 6 years it still feels like a dream. I love you and miss you soooo much. No one could ever feel the hurt I am feeling right now. It hurts to know that you didn’t get to see me grow up and be here with me for one of the biggest days in my life. But i know you will be here in spirit.I love you and miss you dearly.

  2. Dear Family and Friends,

    Our hearts are broken. No one can experience the sadness, we feel for the loss of Rick, our son. Each of our feeling is unique and is very personal and no person can begin to know how we feel except to know that sorrow such as our is deep and real. When we lose some one very precious, no one else can really know what we feel for the one we lose.

    Our only comfort is the compassion and caring of all our family and friends. Our faith that God has a plan for all of us and the hope we will met Rick when God calls upon us to join him.

    With all our love to Rick now and forever.

    Salomon Joe & E. R. (Becky)Gallegos

  3. Dear Kathy and kids,
    Still can’t believe all you are going through. Jaron and I looked back at some photos of Rick at Jaron’s birthday parties, and he always had a baseball in his hand to toss to the kids. Joe and Becky stopped by when they were in town, and the grief was still so fresh in both their faces.
    We’re keeping you in our thoughts.
    Cynthia & Bayo

  4. To Cathy,Little Ricky and Olivia. We were shocked and saddened by Ricks passing. We were neighbors for a few years and had some good laughs. Cathy, I know you will find strength to carry on as you are a strong person in may ways. Peace to you and your family. Robert, Joanne and Shannon

  5. I was sad to hear about Ricky passing away. I grew up with Ricky through elementry school and into high school. We hung out and spent many fun days in the “village”. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  6. Ricky was on of my best friends in elementary school (Roosevelt). He lived nearby and we spent alot of time together on our bicycles in the streets and in the hills. As others have noted, he was a gentle soul and someone you could depend on. My condolences to his family.

  7. Although Ricky was first my brother’s friend, he and I became good friends in his Jr. High and High school years. He was always smiling and happy, and took time to help the little bro of his friend. We had lots of fun with the gang, my brother Rick,Steve V.,Keith H., and a bunch of others.
    I hadn’t seen Ricky in 20 + years, but I am sure his kind and loving nature was with him to his last day, and will be in our memories, and our hearts forever.
    Condolences to his wife and children during this time of sorrow.
    God Bless

  8. Although it’s been many years since I’ve seen Ricky, his name has come up in numerous conversations. He was a dear friend of mine from elementary school through high school. We hung out together many times and shared a lot of laughs. He truly was a great and positive person to be around. My heart was heavy with the news and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. Ricky will truly be missed and will always reside in our hearts. I’m quite certain that he touched a lot of lives.

    With Heartfelt Sympathy,

    Demetrios Bogdanos

  9. I knew Ricky back in high school. I had not seen him in a long time, but always remembered him fondly. He was a great guy back then, just as others have recounted about his adult life. As others also mentioned, I remember his great smile. It was bittersweet to see his smiling picture on this occasion. I am very saddened and send my deep condolences to his family. May God’s peace be with you.

  10. Although I hadn’t seen Ricky for many years, I remember him from Roosevelt Elementary School in San Leandro, CA, and all through Jr. High and High School.

    Ricky was always smiling and friendly, and everybody liked him.

    Deep condolences to his family in this time of sorrow.

    God bless,

  11. I attended San Leandro High (Class of ’77) with Rick. I was always fond of him and am very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great guy to be around.

    With Deepest Condolence,
    Rick “Lindsey” LaForce

  12. You will be missed very much Ricky, but you are and will always be with us in our hearts and thoughts forever. Love you Ricky

    Your cuz Cindy

  13. What sad news it was to hear that Rick passed away. He was a true gentle man with a kind heart. I have been thinking of you and your family quite a bit – please accept our deepest thoughts and support at this difficult time. Rick’s spirit will always be on my mind and knowing him has added greatly to my being. All the love and kindness to you Catherine, and your family. Earle and Michelle Shenk

  14. Cathy,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Rick. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.
    Craig & Esther Catone

  15. I was a friend of Rickey’s from San Leandro High School. I want to express my sympathy to all of his family for their loss. I know quite a few of you mentioned his great smile and that what caught my eye today when I saw his obituary…that smile was so familiar and warm. I know that you will be surrounded by wonderful family and friends from what I have seen on this page. My prayers are with all of you.

    Yvonne Wood

  16. I was very lucky to know Rick for many years and remember the first day we met at Scandic all the way back in 1982. As one of my first bosses, he was kind hearted and a good teacher. Over those years I cannot remember a single day when did not smile and I will carry that smile with me always.

  17. Dearest Cathy,Olivia and Richard Jr. ,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you .Ricky’s is one of my Youngest Cousins ,Son to my Uncele Sal. I will always remember him as the shy one who had the Biggest smile ever. I will forever miss him and I know he is with the Rest of Our Family who has Passed before him .
    I will be sending a First Cousin photo to you .
    With Much Love and Sorrow,
    Your Cousin Sharon and Family

  18. cathy,oliva,richard
    i wish we could be there with you.i am so glad we all got to spend the time we had with ricky. his shy little smile was always shining.we love you all and our prayers are with you have your own angel looking over you all.remember his in good company his with my you sandra,andrew and amy hickerson

  19. Cathy, Olivia, and Rick

    Somehow the words I’m so sorry for your loss seems so small compared to the enormity of losing Rick. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Just know that I love you and I wish that I could be there for you. I pray that God will help you all through this time and always.



  20. Dearest Family
    Words can not convey the sadness & heartbreak that is felt in losing our Cousin “Ricky”. Please know that though we cannot be there with you all now that you are deeply in our prayers, thoughts & hearts. I personally will never forget my handsome cousin’s great smile & he always had a warm loving hug and greeting anytime I saw him. We love you very much & Ricky, I know you are w/ my bro Mark rooting for the 9ers. I will see you later…Love your cousin Maxine & Family

  21. Kathy, Olivia & Jr…I know I hardly knew him,and when Family talked about him, I realized we had a couple of things in common,the Niners & a warm smile. I also never heard a bad thing about him. Heard he was a Good Husband, and a Good Dad as well. All you gotta do now Kathy is keep ALL those “GREAT” Memories in your Heart & Soul..and NEVER Forget… May God Bless & Keep him, and His Family as well. You ever need to talk or just a good listener, You have my number, and I’m ALWAYS here.


  22. Cathy and kids:
    I feel so bad that Rick was not able to see his kids grow up and be as proud of them as he would have been;but we should not ask WHY? He was a very polite and quiet man. We will all miss him and his beautiful smile. May our Lord keep him safe until you meet with him again.

  23. Dear Cathy,Richard & Olivia
    I was not able to be there but one thing I will say is That I will miss
    Rick dearly,I thank God I was able
    to see him when we were on vacation
    he did a lot for us we will never forget him especially that great
    smile of his,I love you all and
    also miss all of you.God Bless.

  24. Cathy, Olivia & Richard, I am sorry that Jaime and I could not be there but we send you our love and our prayers. He will be deeply missed. We love and miss all of you!!

  25. Even though we can’t be there in person we are all there in spirit. Our thoughts and love are will all of you!

  26. My dearest Cathy, Olivia,and Richard Jr. my prayers are with you in this time of loss. Rick’s wonderful, big heartfelt smile will always be with us. He always made us feel important and listened to whatever we had to share, he will be greatly missed by many..Cathy if you ever need for anything you just call Auntie Ruby…I love you all

  27. Dear Cathy and Kids,
    Although I didn’t know Richard well, he impressed me as being a very friendly person and someone that I would have wanted to know better. Please know that my family expresses our heartfelt condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you. If we can help by providing housing for any of your family members, please call on us.

  28. Rick, our son, today is your Birthday; and we are remembering you with love! You are one of God’s great ideas and we are Blessed by the gift which He gave us (YOU).

    We have found a beatiful and touching incription which tell what we are feeling “If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.” This is what we are feeling and we miss you.

    God Bless you and keep you!

    Salomon and Becky

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