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RIP Richard Villanueva one of the SA area's biggest supporters

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Very sad news out of San Antonio.  We get word that Richard Villaneueva has passed away either last night or this morning.

Richard ran Creswell's Wrecker Service  and his tow trucks were fixtures at both Pan American Speedway and San Antonio Speedway for years and years.

He was a very generous man and a true racer and sponsored area racers including Kenny Neal, Beaver Stelzig, Greg Romer, Joe Aramendia, Carolyn Aramendia and many others.

Anybody with any information about Richard, please post it in this thread.

Nick

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Upon reading Nick’s post I was saddened to learn that that Richard Villanueva recently passed away. I extend our sincere sympathies to Richard’s wife Bea Villanueva.

Yes, he was a very generous man and a true racer. He did sponsor several area racers which also included the TIDA Late Model Series and the Texas Pro Sedans.

 

For arrangements TIDA and TPS members may remain logged into this site and/or frequently read the Obituaries in the San Antonio Express news which is also available on https://www.mysanantonio.com

 

Neil Upchurch

 

Founder – Texas Pro Sedans, TIDA Late Model Series, Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway

 

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Here are the final arrangements for uncle Richard.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East. 

A prayer service will be held Thursday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset North Funeral Home

He will be laid to rest at 11:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Highway.

NOTE: there will not be a precession from the funeral home to the cemetery.  Everyone will just meet there to line up.

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Richard S Villanueva

January 20, 1930July 5, 2019
Obituary of Richard S Villanueva

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 and the TIDA Late Model Series and TIDA Pro Sedans .

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.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and sister Dolores Salas. He is survived by his wife, Belia Villanueva, brothers Bobby “Burrhead” and Juan “Blackie” (Irene), numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

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RIP my friend, my first sponsor, took a chance on a rookie when no one else would, you will be dearly missed by all, Charlie Henley

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