JANUARY 20, 1930 – JULY 5, 2019
Richard was born in Eagle Pass, Texas to Guadalupe and Ricardo Villanueva. He was the was the first of four children. Richard was a star football and baseball athlete at Edgewood High School in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated in 1950. Richard had a successful semi-pro baseball career as a player and a manager from 1944-1970. He played for Garza Finance Company, National Credit Clothiers, and Jordan Ford Slow Pitch Softball Team. He was a huge supporter of auto racing, so Creswell Wrecker Service was the proud sponsor of many race car drivers at San Antonio Raceway.
Richard was a great supporter of the Law Enforcement Family. Always there to help and contribute.
On September 16, 1956, Richard married the love of his life, Belia Dominguez. They were happily married for 63 years.
Richard and Belia founded Creswell Wrecker Service in 1958 on a small piece of property on Dallas Street. As the business grew, so did the need for a larger piece of property. The business was moved to a new location at 114 E. Brooklyn. Creswell continued to grow for many more years. After 43 years, they decided to sell the towing business and enjoy retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Belia Villanueva, brothers Bobby “Burrhead” and Juan “Blackie” (Irene), numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Viewing: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. July 10, Wed.: SUNSET NORTH FUNERAL HOME, 910 North Loop 1604 East,
San Antonio, TX 78232
Prayer Service: 9:30 am, July 11, Thurs.: SUNSET NORTH FUNERAL HOME, Sunset North Chapel
Graveside Service: 11:30am, July 11,Thurs. Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Hwy with Army National Guard Honors