Ralph Melendez, Sr.

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Ralph Melendez, Sr., 74, of Waco, went to be with Our Heavenly Father on December 26, 2021.

Funeral Service: 5PM Thursday, December 30th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Click here to View the Live Stream of the Service.

Viewing: 1-4PM prior to the service.

Ralph Melendez was born in Waco, to Mr. Luis and Mrs. Amelia (Alvarez) Melendez. He was one of ten children which helped make him a family man. Growing up he enjoyed boxing and during the course, even won golden gloves. He later turned to a new passion, painting. He diligently worked as a painter for more than 45 years. He began his career working for Dyer Paint Company and later turned his God given talent into his own business-Ralph Melendez Paint Co. Over the years, he took his professional talent and taught his craft to his loving sons and nephews so that they too could follow in his footsteps and take care of their own families. He was always proud of the work he produced and would often tour his family around town to show them his jobs. During his tours around town, he would proudly say, “You see that, I painted that building!” Long after his sight began to fail him, he was so good at his craft he could walk by any wall, feel the texture of it, and determine the quality of workmanship.

In 1975, he met the love of his life Delores Regalado and they united in marriage in 1980. They shared 46 years together and raised his two sons, Ralph Jr. and Robert and later had two girls of their own, Stephanie and Stacy. He was a loving family man that worked diligently to provide for them. He thoroughly enjoyed and loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. Ralph had such a huge heart for people that he often took others into his home even if it was only temporary. All the children knew what a kiss on the forehead meant. He was a God-fearing man that learned about the love of Christ at a young age and shared that with his family, friends, and the entire community who highly respected him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert; and six brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by the love of his life, caretaker and wife until the end, Delores Melendez, his children Ralph Jr., Stephanie and Jose, Stacy and Ramon; ten grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

The Melendez family would like to take the opportunity to thank the numerous family and friends that shared in our time of suffering, especially Visiting Angels Home Care, Cindy Kovac, and Tiffany Melendez for the care they provided.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Grace Semple-Paul

    My family and I send our deepest condolences to your family during this time of grief and loss. May God wipe away your tears and comfort you.

  2. Arthur W Melendez

    Dolores I’m unable to travel I’m sorry that I’m not there Ralph was always there for me I’ll give you my deepest condolences I love y’all I miss you all this is a weird way to ring in the New Year tell Ernest thank you for letting me know call me when you can my phone number 210-449-7549 you don’t have to do it right away but call me love yo

  3. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family during this trying time. We know he is in the arms of our loving Savior,Jesus Christ.
    Ralph was a great man, a wonderful loving husband and father. He will be missed!
    God bless you all.
    Sandra, Michael and Danny Pechal

  4. My Deepest condolences to Delores, Stephanie, Stacy and Ralph Jr. , He was a long time friend to our family, He was such a good man , he will be missed… I think about how he is Heaven with my Dad now .

    Love you all
    Debbie Rodriguez

  5. Ernest and Cynthia Montemayor

    We were saddened to hear about Ralph’s passing. Praying that God gives you the strength and comfort during the difficult days ahead without your loved one. Our prayers are with you

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