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Rigoberto “Robert” Cuellar

April 10, 1932 ~ September 8, 2018 (age 86)
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Rigoberto “Robert” Cuellar, Born April 10, 1932, CD. Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico and passed away on September 8, 2018 in Houston, Texas surrounded by his loving family.

Rigoberto was a longtime resident of Brownsville where he and his wife of 61 years lived and raised their children until August of 2015 when they moved to Houston to be closer to family.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, Leopoldo and Consuelo; two brothers, Leopoldo Jr., Oscar and his sister Isabel.

Rigoberto is survived by his wife, Armandina Cuellar; his children, Rosie Cuellar-Gomez, Rigoberto Cuellar Jr, Anabel Trudeau, Carlos Cuellar and Graciela Cuellar-Bradshaw; daughter-in-laws, Barbara Cuellar and Norma Cuellar; son-in-laws, Dr. Michael Gomez, Brent Trudeau and Bill Bradshaw; grandchildren, Justin and Madeleine Trudeau, Andres and Evan Gomez, Rachael, Estavan and Emma Cuellar and Gabriella, Alexander and William Bradshaw.

At the age of 18, Robert and his family returned to the U.S. permanently and lived in Corpus Christi, TX where he met his future wife, Armandina Guerra. Soon thereafter, he joined the U.S. Army to serve in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. Upon completing his service, he moved back to Corpus Christi to marry Armandina and join his brothers with A and O Road Construction Company where they built roads all over the State of Texas. In 1966, he moved to Brownsville with family in tow and started his own successful company, Azteca Trucking Company which he owned for over 25 years. Robert was an accomplished self-made businessman and mechanic who had a knack for fixing almost anything, typically without instructions, and still managing to have extra parts left over.

His greatest loves included his family, hunting, fishing and making an occasional visit to the Casino…not necessarily in that order if you ask Armandina. Other passions included bird watching, making home-made salsa, caring for the multitude of citrus and fruit trees in his backyard and telling stories about his childhood adventures in Victoria with his cousin.

Robert and Armandina were active members at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where they served faithfully for most of their lives in Brownsville.

In his long life, Robert always managed to maintain a positive attitude and never wavered from his love of life; filling it to its fullest day after day, year after year. His boisterous voice, laugh and personality always seemed to enter the room long before he would and his uncanny ability to make friends anywhere was second to none. If you had the opportunity to meet Robert, you never forgot him. To be able to list the friends he made and memories he created, would be an unenviable task. To many, he was a great friend. To his family, he was a great Husband, Father, Uncle and Lito.

Funeral Services will be as follow: Visitation will be held at Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77065 www.cyfairfunerals.com on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 5pm to 7pm. A Rosary will be read after the visitation.  The Funeral mass will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 6646 Addicks Satsuma Rd, Houston, TX 77084 www.seascatholic.org the following day, Friday, September 14, 2018, at 11am. A Reception will be held immediately afterwards at their place of residence.

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