Richard West LeBleu, aka Rock, went to join his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 4, 2018, after a brave battle with cancer that he wittingly named Goliath. He was born on April 16, 1945, to Rob Seale “Dick” LeBleu and Mary LaVern West LeBleu in Corpus Christi. He lived 73 years exploring life’s travels and making friends everywhere he went. He grew up as his daddy’s best friend helping him to conduct daily tasks on the family ranch. He also honored and cherished his mother for her strength and tenacity. Richard graduated high school from Banquete and later joined the Army Reserve. After which he graduated from the DPS Academy, subsequently moving on to proudly serve as a Texas State Trooper for thirty years. After retirement, he traveled the United States with his best friend and life partner, Gayle Cordell LeBleu, whom he proudly married on February 14, 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Cordell LeBleu, of Riviera, Texas; his sister, Gaye Powell (Sam) of Calallen, Texas; one daughter and one son; four grandchildren; three step-sons; four additional grandchildren; and cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends he made during his life.
The family will receive friends at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary in Kingsville, Texas, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church Community Life Center (CLC) in Kingsville, Texas. Services will continue at the Riviera Cemetery.
Richard traveled to many different places in his RV. The most treasured location he held close and dear to his heart was “The Empty Cross” located in Kerrville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to pavethewaytothecross.org
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas.
Rest In Peace Mr. Lebleu. Praying for the family during this sad time. Lisa and Alan your dad was a good man.
Brad HopkinsLaredo, TX
Dear Gayle, I want to express my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband, Richard. May the Lord give you and your family His Peace and Comfort during this time.
God Bless You
Angel Bright Hospice
Chaplain Hector PerezCorpus Christi, TX
I worked with Richard in Kingsville in the Highway Patrol from the time he came out of the Academy in 1972 until I transferred in 1977. We partnered together for some of that time. Working with Richard was an every day adventure. He was always eager to go to work and faced every situation without hesitation. He was gregarious and friendly and never met a stranger. Although we drifted apart in our careers over the years, when we did meet it was just like old times. Richard was a good man, a good Trooper and a good partner. I shall miss him but will always remember him. My sincere condolences to his entire family.
Lee Smith, Major, THP (ret.)
Lee SmithHewitt, TX
Dear LeBleu family - Our deepest condolences to all of you in the loss of Richard. He was truly one of a kind. Great memories of him will be shared often. Prayers and comfort for you all. Craig and Lisa
Lisa and Craig WestKingsville, TX
Gayle, Lisa, Alan,
Nella and I are so sorry for your loss.
Richard and I worked many shifts together and I’ll tell you that Family was the most important thing in his life. He brought me laughter during those times when things weren’t always going great.
Mario and Nella SalinasSan Antonio, TX
I send prayers to help the family through this loss. May God be with you all.
Barbara BensonBishop, TX