Ruperto Contreras, 83, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Contreras enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, golfing, watching the Spurs, the Cowboys, and the Astros. His family will remember him talking about his younger days growing up in the Azteca neighborhood. Mr. Contreras proudly served his country in the United States Army. “I didn’t leave you alone, Dad. I stayed close to your bedside. I held your hand and talked to you. You were waiting to join your bride. We talked about our Savior, about Heaven, and Pearly Gates. Trying to imagine all the glory that awaits. I can’t begin to imagine a life without you dad. Tears mixed with emotions. How long will I be sad? You always wore God’s Armor. You gave us all your best. A mighty warrior for our Lord. Be at peace dad; it’s time to rest.” He is preceded in death by his wife Evangelina Contreras; parents, Rafael and Maria de Jesus Contreras; son, Ruperto Contreras Jr. Mr. Contreras is survived by his children Cynthia C. (Mark W.) Esslinger, Roberto (Teresa O.) Contreras, Enrique (Rosanne) Contreras, Ricardo F. (Karen L.) Contreras, and Evangelina Hernandez; grandchildren, Ruperto Contreras III, Alberto Contreras, Orlando Contreras, Clarissa Contreras, Marcellus Saenz-Rico, Jennifer Saenz-Rico, Nancy Castillo, Teresa Contreras, Enrique Jr., Alexandra, Roberto, Kristen Contreras, Ricardo F. Contreras Jr, Cynthia Hernandez, and Samantha Hernandez. He is also survived by other relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Military Honors will be provided by the Fort Sam Houston Honor Guard and American Legion Post 59 Honor Guard. Interment will follow at the City of Laredo Cemetery. The family would like to thank Cynthia Esslinger, Roberto Contreras, Enrique Contreras, Ricardo F. Contreras and Evangelina Hernandez for their care and support. If you would like to sign the guestbook or send private condolences, you may do so at www.hillsidefuneral.com Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral home, 310 Hillside Road.