Enrique 'Rick' Casales

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Enrique F. “Rick” Casales, 67, of Eagle Pass died on June 7, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on July 14, 1946, in Eagle Pass to Amor Ferrer Casales and Jose Casales Sr. He married his high school sweetheart, Estela Cruz, in Eagle Pass on June 14, 1969. After graduating from Eagle Pass High School in 1965, Casales joined the United States Air Force where he served as a staff sergeant. He then pursued his education by graduating from Texas A&M University – Kingsville with a degree in education. He doubled majored in Spanish and history with  minor in Russian history. Once he entered the world of teaching, Casales discovered coaching in 1973 at Eagle Pass Junior High and High School, Laredo-Nixon High School, Sharyland High School, San Marcos High School, Robert E. Lee High School, Fox Tech High School, Sacred Heart School and Sabinal High School, where he was athletic director. The family said Casales was dedicated to the Catholic faith and community. In Eagle Pass he was a member of the Cursillo, a Eucharistic minister and a lector. In Uvalde, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus where he served as Grand Knight. Casales also taught CCD classes for Confirmation. He was also a member of the Parish Council and a lector for both the English and Spanish masses. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, a resident of Uvalde; two daughters, Laura I. Casales-Blue and husband, Donald, of Austin and Martha C. Casales of Uvalde; one son, Enrique Casales Jr. and wife, Zina Z., of Crystal City; one sister, Maria Elena Salerno of San Antonio; four grandchildren, Ernest E. Casales, Anthony A. Alvarado Jr., Marcos A. Alvarado and Zoey Ann Casales; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rosario Casales; and three brothers, Jose Casales Jr., Francisco Casales and Manuel Casales. A rosary was recited on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A second rosary was recited Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Yeager-Barrera Funeral Home in Eagle Pass. Funeral Mass was held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Eagle Pass. Interment followed at Our Lady of Refuge Cemetery in Eagle Pass. The family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 8115 Data Point Drive, San Antonio, TX., 78229.

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