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Ricky Hernandez

Ricky Hernandez, 64, of Roswell, was called home to Heaven by his son, Michael Joe, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. After a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, he was surrounded by his loved ones till the end.

A Celebration of Life in honor of Rick will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 1:00 pm, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home.

Rick was born on February 4, 1957, in Seminole, Texas, to Santiago “Jimmy” and Elisa Hernandez. Rick was a 1975 graduate from Roswell High School, where he excelled as a pitcher in baseball. After graduation, Rick went on to play AAA baseball in Mexico with the LA Dodgers and later attended Spring Training in Casa Grande, Arizona, with the San Francisco Giants.

On July 27, 2004, he married Estela Dominguez, who survives him in the home. She has been his caregiver during his illness and was by his side at his passing. He is also survived by: daughter, Rikki Hernandez (Carl); step-sons: Robert Perez (Irma), Chris Perez (Kathy) and James Perez; mother, Elisa Hernandez; sisters: Mary Talbert (Doug), and Patricia Hernandez (Gary); brother, George Hernandez; grandchildren: Erick, Olivia, Alyssa, Kianna, Kai (Rubi), Alex (Jasmarine), DJ (Trisha), Mycole (Zinnia), Santana (Clearice), James II., and Jonah; great-grandchildren: Karly, Kailea, Kingsley, Jennae Jenavvy, Jayyden, Catalina, Serenity, Zayleen, Mycole Jr., D’Aryehia, and Riki Luis; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, several sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.

Rick is preceded in death by his son, Michael Joe; dad, Jimmy; brother, James; nephew, Christopher; and great-nephew, Dylan.

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Rick was an avid outdoorsman who loved to camp, hunt, and fish. At one time, he and his brother-in-law Doug took ten neighborhood kids camping as they had never gone before. Rick was always up for a challenge, so he learned to fly fish and tie his own flies. Hunting was his passion, and the challenge to take on that hobby was bowhunting and muzzleloader hunting. These times were spent with his kids, brothers, and nephews. He also loved to play slow-pitch softball and horseshoes with his buddies.

Anyone that knew Rick knew that he loved to play the ponies. Horse racing was a passion of his, and he was one hell of a handicapper. Rick took pride in watching his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids play sports. Even though he couldn’t attend in person, he took pride in supporting and watching them online and live streaming. He was able to watch his granddaughter, Oliva, play in the Little League State Softball Tournament Championship, where she wore his jersey number, 25, with pride.

Rick had a strong work ethic learned from his Dad, Jimmy. He started working delivering eggs after school and then went on to work with Coca-Cola, where he retired after 25 years of service. After retirement, he then went to work for Budweiser before falling ill.

Honorary Pallbearers are: Kai, Alex, Dj, Mycole, Santana, James II, and Jonah.

The family would like to thank the staff of Kindred Hospice and all of the family and friends who helped take care, and spent time with Rick during these difficult times.

On behalf of Rick’s Family, We “Thank you” for all the love, prayers, and kindness!!!

Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with Ricky’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

Ricky’s tribute was written in his honor by his family.

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