Rico, Ross G.

October 25, 1948 - March 5, 2014

Ross G. Rico, most affectionately known to friends as “Rico”, left our Earthly world to be with our Father, March 5, 2014 at the age of 65 from complications related to a long battle with kidney and liver disease. Born October 25, 1948 in Dallas, TX, he was the youngest son of Angel and Rita Rico. He grew up in and around Garland, TX where he graduated from South Garland High School in 1966. Upon graduation, he joined the US Army where he proudly served as a gunner on several gun trucks for the 512th TC in the Vietnam War. He was a true working man that worked for several manufacturing companies in the Dallas area. He retired as a Facilities Technician for Dallas County in October of 2010.

He was most recently married to Julee Warren on February 6, 2004.

His marriage to Jessie Terry Flynn, ended in divorce, in September of 1987.

During the last moments of his life, he was ushered on to his heavenly journey by his wife Julee, son Shannon Rico (Dianna), daughter Monica Rico, stepson Josh Warren (Carrie), stepdaughter Jennifer Treat (Bob), and his older brother Joe Rico (Adela). Several other dear family members and friends were also nearby.

In addition to those mentioned above he is survived by a son Ross Joe Rico Dallas, TX, brother Manuel Rico (Barbara) of Chattanooga, TN, a sister Jessie Cyr (San Antonio),his beloved in-laws, Dan and Mary Lou Maher Richardson, TX, Jeff Abernathy (Amy, Nathan, Matthew) Plano, TX, and Cheryl Moore Plano, TX, and several nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

One of his proudest achievements was being a grandpa and he left this world to watch over his grandchildren from above. His special relationship with his grandchildren is something they will never be able to replace. His grandchildren are Courtney and Cristyn Castillo, Caitlyn, Camryn and Chase Warren, Asher Morgan, Jennissa, Nathanniel and Lilianna Rico, and last but not least, William Treat.

His extraordinary ability to make and keep friends makes a list far too large to renumerate completely but he wished to have a special mention of Vietnam War buddies Rick Zimmerman (who traveled to be by Ross’ side in his final days), Indiana, and  J.J. Allen (Lynn) Ohio. Additionally, he had several couples who were special lifelong friends Larry and Jeanne Carr (Dallas, TX), Frank and Noni Reed (Garland, TX), Dena and Robert Blevins (Scurry, TX), Pam and Johnny Peters (Farmersville, TX).

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, a sister (Nifa), a brother (Felipe).

The family will be having a memorial service to celebrate the life and love of Ross:

11:00 Saturday, March 15
United Disciples Christian Church
601 E. Main Street
Richardson, TX 75081

An interment and committal service with military honors will be held at 11:15 A.M., Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at DFW National Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


8 replies on “Rico, Ross G.”

Rick Zimmerman says:

true friend and comrad , Rico god be with you as I know he is! a good man,a dear friend ,and at last a very good memory! LOVE YOU BUD!

Taina and Belinda Copeland says:

We will miss you at the family reunions, Ross. You made a large impact in a short time. Many hugs to the family and prayers to all.

Shannon Rico says:

It has been the hardest few days of my life. I am lost…I miss you bud. Thanks to all the people who are surrounding us with love.

Caole Shugart says:

Ross Rico and I worked for Continental Emsco, Garland, Texas until it closed. He was well liked by everyone, always smiling, very congenial. Carole Shugart, D & B Employees Credit Union

Linda Hammer says:

I’m coming to Dallas Friday, Ross, but who is going to pick me up? I’m gonna miss you as I know whoever picks me up can’t drive as well as you did! Please guide them! All kidding aside, I’m going to miss Ross at the family reunions and functions. What a hero you were to all of us! Thanks for making my niece a very happy woman! You both deserved the happiness! Thanks, also, for the memories…………

Candida (Candy) Brown (fellow employee at Dallas County) says:

Ross you were like a second dad to me and I know I would tease you saying I should of been your adopted daughter. I can say you were there always if I needed someone to listen or just advice. I know you are in heaven smiling down since God always takes the good ones to be his angels in heaven. I have a lot of good memories I am thankful for and will always miss you. May God be with everyone who feels the pain of the loss.

Another Vietnam veteran says:

Thank you for your service Ross.

Ross Joe Rico says:

I have lost my best friend and the father who was always there for me when I was in need. He helped everyone no matter what it was. I always wanted to walk in your footsteps.. So, you taught me how to work hard. I will always be appreciative of the knowledge you passed down to all of us. You mostly taught us to be strong but this is the hardest thing to have to accept. I love you dad and I’ll miss you every day. Until we meet again…

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