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Richard Lopez Pena Jr.

December 20, 1947 — October 29, 2023

It is with heavy heart that the Peña family announces the passing of our father, Richard Lopez Peña Jr. Richard passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 29th, 2023, in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Born December 20th, 1947, he was only 75 years old at the time of his passing. He was a beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Richard Peña Sr. and Gloria Bennett, brother, Greg Peña, and his half-brother, Charles "Chuck" Bennett, among others.

Richard attended Brackenridge High School until his voluntary enlistment in the United States Army in April of 1966. He proudly served his country, during the height of conflict in Vietnam, before receiving his honorable discharge in late May of 1969. He received various honors for his service including the following medals, badges, commendations, and citations: Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Sharpshooter (Rifle), and Meritorious Unit Citation. He will always be remembered as a true patriot, often donning a "Vietnam Veteran" baseball cap everywhere he went. Richard's overall commitment to duty, honor, and country was unwavering despite the tremendous physical, mental, and emotional toll it, undoubtedly, took on him.

Following his military service, he pursued a career as a contractor. Later, joining his family's Tejano radio station, KEDA 1540 - on the AM dial, where he produced and hosted "Amiga Magda", provided sports coverage, and was active in both promotions and sales. Whatever his job, Richard approached his duties with pride and great dedication. It was these driving forces that fueled his desire to contribute to the station which, ultimately, cemented his status as a true radio legend to Tejano and Conjunto lovers everywhere as the beloved "Spider".

Spider had a knack for weaving a web of friendship wherever he went and easily formed deep connections with others. With his quick wit and snappy comments he always found a way to bring laughter into any room he entered. When it came to making friends, he never missed a beat - he had them wrapped around his finger and in his little web! His warm smile and welcoming demeanor made him a beloved figure in his community. Whether he was cracking jokes off the diamond, swinging for or climbing the fences in softball, Spider always knew how to spin a good yarn.

Outside of professional endeavors, he found immense joy in pursuing his hobbies, which included softball and fishing. His competitive spirit earned him numerous trophies and accolades in softball. On the field is where he originally earned his legendary name Spider. These activities allowed him to unwind and appreciate the simple pleasures in life. His passion for his hobbies was evident to all who knew him.

He had a deep affection for his dogs, who were his constant companions throughout his life. Their unwavering loyalty and companionship provided him with comfort and joy, faithfully sticking by his side as he weaved his way through life's ups and downs. Richard's love for his furry friends was only matched by the love he had for his family.

Richard leaves behind his legacy of laughter and love. He is survived by his three children: Neva Peña, his first child and daughter; Richard Anthony Peña Jr., his second child and son; and Sabrina Alexis Peña, his third child and daughter. Alongside them two grandchildren, Anthony and Jeremy, will continue to weave their own stories of adventure. But his family web extends far and wide with many half-siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many others who will forever cherish the memories they shared.

Grave-side funeral services will be held at Fort Sam Houston (Harry Wurzbach entrance) on Thursday, November 16th, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. Following the funeral family and friends are welcome to join the Peña family for a celebration of life and light refreshments at VFW Post 837 located on 4436 Valley Field, San Antonio, Texas, at 12:00 P.M.

Richard's departure leaves a void in our lives, but his legacy of laughter and love will continue to inspire us. As we bid farewell to our friendly and family neighborhood Spider-Man, let us remember to keep spinning our own webs of joy and kindness, just as he did. And if life ever gets tangled up, we can always look to Spider's memory for a little inspiration to keep climbing.

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Graveside for Richard Lopez Pena Jr.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78209

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