Tomas Rodriguez Ortega


Tomas Rodriguez Ortega, Sr., 78, passed away in Ennis, Texas on Friday, January 30, 2015 with his loved ones around him.
Tomas was born in Rio Hondo, Texas on April 15, 1936 to Cleto and Victoria (Rodriguez) Ortega. He grew up in Rio Hondo and attended school there. In 1968 he married Frances Galvan and moved to Ennis, Texas where they made their home
He was employed at Leggett and Platt for numerous years, then worked at Holmes Salvage for many years and then turned back to his passion of ranching raising cattle, game birds and race horses with his sons at Antom Ranch. He was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. Tomas Rodriguez Ortega loved his family and friends, loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening and cooking out and spending time with the family and friends. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Galvan; three sons: Thomas Ortega, Jr., Jamie Ortega and wife, Jennifer, and Lawrence Ortega and wife, Elizabeth; daughters: Victoria Ortega Munson and husband, Rodrick, Esperanza Ortega-Ortiz and her husband, Ricky, Gloria Ortega Goss and husband Derrel, and Leticia Young and husband, Michael; 22 grandchildren: nine great-grandchildren: four brothers; Fidel Ortega, Ismeal Ortega, Amadeo Ortega and Cleto Ortega; two sisters: Victoria Ortega and Esmaralda Ramos along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Cleto and Victoria Ortega, four brothers, Lazaro Ortega, Pedro Ortega, Raul Ortega and Luis Ortega and two sisters, Esperanza Ortega and Margarita Ortega.
Visitation will be held on two nights Tuesday, February 3, 2015 and Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis, Texas with Rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Visitation will also be held for two days in San Benito, Texas Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the San Benito Funeral Home with Rosary at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 7, 2015 visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m in the San Benito Funeral home then Mass of the Christian Burial will take place at the Our Queen of the Universe Church in San Benito at 10 a.m., with interment to follow in the St. Vincente Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Ortega, Jr., Jamie Ortega, Lorenzo Ortega, Terrence Ortega, Daniel Zamarripa, Jr. and Dusty Ortega.


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