Every once in a while the world loses a soul that makes us ALL the lesser for it. Robert G. Villalpando has been called home to be with our Father in heaven. There truly is so much good to say about this kind soul and the life he led. Our Dear God graced us with him on Jan 19, 1951 in Austin, Tx and called him home on Aug 16, 2021 in San Antonio, Tx. Though he was raised in the Westside of San Antonio the tough environment only made his passion for the love of life stronger and he never lost faith in the goodness of humanity.
At the age of 17 and an upcoming Senior Robert found himself drafted into the U.S Army as a Combat Medic. Luckily he was blessed to train in San Antonio but upon the completion of his military training he moved on to a tour in Germany. Always sharing his adventures from the Military it was easy to see how he felt about his service to country. He was nothing short of proud and many times had stated that if it wasn't for his parents needing help at home the Military would've been his career. From his beginning to his end Robert always put others before his own needs. One incident which seemed to always tug at his heart involved helping a comrade in dire need. One morning he said a Soldier had just returned from Vietnam and was attempting to jump off a building but Spc Villalpando without a second thought climbed the building also and after 3 hours, was able to coax the Soldier off the roof simply with words of compassion and understanding. Because of Roberts selfless actions this Soldier was graced with more life to live. This incredible selfless feat made it's way to Europe's Commanding General. The fable sounding story had Europe's General curious and within a couple of days Robert was standing in front of the most highest ranking military officer in Europe and was handed a coin and a Certificate of Appreciation by Europe's Commanding General and the United States Army. He was proud of this story and told it each time with a sense accomplishment, his eyes lighting up each time he told it one more time. This was who Robert was though. Always placing others first and his greatest gift to others was HE NEVER EXPECTED ANYTHING IN RETURN from anyone. Their satisfaction and happiness was his reward.
After his service he went on to trade school to learn the art of Carpet Laying. One thing about Robert was whenever he did anything he always made sure he did it right the first time. His awesome work ethic made his name known in all of South Texas. His work standard was of the highest caliber and he made it a point that he himself would finish any job he or his partners started under his name. I'd call him a sure case of OCD. He was nearly a perfectionist when it came to his work which also pushed him to become smarter, stronger and in turn filled him with a humbleness towards life. His hands have left an imprint on many establishments and homes inTexas but yet it will be his positive spirit, kind heart, compassion for others and his faith in God that will forever be imprinted and evident in the many lives he dared to touch. Yes he is gone but he will not be easily forgotten by all who were blessed to know him. His legacy will literally speak for itself.
Robert was an incredibly simple, humbled kind man. He longed only TO BE HAPPY. He knew Gods love because he had been saved and reborn. He understood the power of prayer and always heeded the call of those in need. A strong man of God with a smile, positive words and an attitude that was always willing to help even if it meant he had nothing left to give. Believe me when I say he would still find a way to help. The world lost such a good person and though God felt it was time for him to return home the memory of love, kindness and charity left behind by Robert G. Villapando will be in the hearts, souls and lives that were blessed to know him and in those he touched daily through his living years. Our dad wasn't a president, a king or some prominent rich man but in spite of that OUR DAD WAS A GREAT MAN...OUR DAD WAS OUR HERO!!
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Rosario E. Villalpando; his four daughters, Cynthia A. Garza, Monica G. Weber, Gina M. Villalpando, and Priscilla D. Villalpando; his grandchildren Maricella G. Marrero, Franchesca C. Garza, Joseph A. Jiminez, Jacob N. Jiminez, Justine M. Jiminez, Mathew W. Weber, Robert Villalpando Jr., Robert A. Villalpando Jr., Genesis M. Garcia, Gavin J. Villalpando Garcia, Ariel E. Flores, Alisa Ann Marie Flores, Abraham G. Flores, and Adam Flores Jr.; his sister, Grace Villalpando, and his niece, Roxanne Reyes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gilbert Villalpando; and his son, Robert Villalpando Jr.