Elijio “Buck” Botello, Jr., of Houston, Texas passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age of 56.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, with Pastor Joel Botello officiating. The burial will follow in Kosse City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Botello, Jonathan Rios, Jeremiah Rios, Bobby Botello, Jesus Hernandez, and Andy Botello. Michael Botello will be an honorary pallbearer.
Buck was born on July 24, 1964 to Elijio “Sonny” Botello, Sr. and Delia Vega Botello and raised in Houston. He graduated from Sam Houston High School and went on to attend TSTI in Waco where he studied Aviation Sciences. He enjoyed flying light single-engine aircraft.
Buck was married to Sandra Rios for twelve years. Together they had one son, Joshua. He also helped to raise three step-children before divorcing.
Buck worked for Compaq Computers located in Cypress, Texas which later became Hewlett Packard, for over twenty-one years, and was an operations manufacturing supervisor.
Buck and his brothers spent many happy summers and holidays growing up with his grandparents, Manuel and Lupe Cordova and their many cousins in Kosse, Texas. Even late in life Buck visited as often as he could. This is where he learned to love the great outdoors, hunting and fishing.
His girlfriend, Jannette Cardenas had been his companion for the last seven years. The two of them enjoyed traveling together whenever possible, even if it was simply to take a trip to the deer lease. More recently she helped care for Buck as he recovered from health issues.
Buck was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elijio Botello, Sr. and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Cordova, and multiple aunts and uncles as well as other extended family members.
He is survived by his son, Joshua Botello of Houston; step-children, Jonathan Rios, Jeremiah Rios, and Ivy Rios; his devoted friend, companion and partner, Jannette Cardenas; brothers, Aaron Botello, Sr. of Pasadena, Andy Botello of Spring, and
Ephraim Botello and his wife Karen of Houston; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as other extended family.