Ricardo “Ricky” E. Hernandez, Jr.

Ricardo “Ricky” E. Hernandez, Jr.

May 3, 1988 – March 31, 2021

Survived by parents, Ricardo and Debra; sister, Nicole Meyer (Phil); grandparents, Abelardo Hernandez (Dolores); grandmother, Joan Tebbe; niece and nephews: Lydia, Andrew, and James; aunts and uncles: Abelardo Hernandez Jr., Toni Hernandez and Brian Miner, Denise Claypool, Jeff Ernst; many dear friends; and beloved pet bird, Buttercup.

Ricky was an innately gifted and practiced musician and a gentle, loving soul. He left behind a legacy of kindness and a love for his family. This love was felt, not only from his gentle, heartfelt hugs and tender affection, but also through his humble ability to listen, accept and embrace everything about those dear to him. His heart of gold extended to the tiny, furry, and feathered as well, and he never missed an opportunity to advocate for them, an endearing quality that’s inspired countless smiles.

Ricky’s depth and sensitivity permeated his entire being; his melody, that of profound beauty and exquisite imagination. This wonderfully thoughtful disposition made him uniquely capable of loving unselfishly, purely, and honestly—a rare kind of love that leaves a lasting impression on those lucky enough to experience it.

If musical chords could be imagined as our interests throughout life, Ricky’s were varied, fascinating, and wholly original. Intelligent and curious, his agile mind was always in motion. Whether he was working on new music, discussing his latest philosophical musings, or playing the part of a critic for a favorite film, book, or soundtrack, he could wax poetic about anything art, offering insight, playful rhetoric, a sweet smile and a shy laugh.

He is now one with the universe. Please take time to see him in the moon and feel him in the wind, hear him in songs, and smell him in the flowers. He will be there so we may still enjoy his beautiful spirit.

Ricky, your song is forever held in our hearts. We are all more beautiful for knowing and loving you. You are loved. You are cherished. You will be missed.

I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end,

But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.

There was never any more inception than there is now,

Nor any more youth or age than there is now,

And will never be any more perfection than there is now,

Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.

Urge and urge and urge,

Always the procreant urge of the world.

-Walt Whitman, Song of Myself


A celebration of life will take place on a date yet to be determined.   Memorials may be directed to Nebraska Wildlife Rehab: nebraskawildliferehab.org.



  • Familia Galván Posted April 11, 2021 7:13 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the Hernandez family! You are in our prayers!

  • Lisa Montes Posted April 12, 2021 4:58 am

    Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel for you all. Just know I am praying for you everyday

  • Magaly Castillo Posted April 12, 2021 8:38 am

    Mis más sentido pésame. Que Dios te de la fortaleza que necesitas en este momento.

  • Alyssa Wattonville Posted April 13, 2021 9:30 am

    Our world is a better place because of the love, kindness, and talents Ricky shared with those around him.

  • Debbie Evans Posted April 13, 2021 4:53 pm

    My Heart Felt Condolences….

  • Jayne Schaben Adams Posted April 13, 2021 5:18 pm

    Thoughts and prayers always.

  • Laura Barry Posted April 13, 2021 6:19 pm

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Ricky had such a love of animals and movies, and he could get you chuckling pretty hard over a well-timed joke. I wish you all of the best during this difficult time.

  • Cyndi Lathrop Posted April 13, 2021 9:10 pm

    My deepest condolences go to the Hernandez family. Thinking of you and wishing you peace.

  • Ardyth Clark Posted April 14, 2021 9:04 am

    My heart is breaking for you.

  • Mario G. Remijio Posted April 14, 2021 1:11 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Ricardo and family. We are deeply saddened. God bless you and your family!

  • Matthew Durham Posted April 15, 2021 2:58 pm

    My condolences to the Hernandez family and wishing you all the best during this difficult time.

  • Teresa chavira Posted April 19, 2021 2:05 pm

    Rick Debra are hearts ache as we learned your beautiful son, left this world. We pray God will hold you in his comforting arms. Ricky, will be forever an angel playing music for all in heaven. Love Coe Manny,Alyssa, Jacob Chavira

  • Gia Ciummo Posted April 21, 2021 6:40 am

    I am so very sorry. I pray for your broken hearts.

  • Lisa and steve Thomas Posted April 26, 2021 1:51 pm

    Debra and Ricardo words cannot express our sorrow at your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

  • Mom Posted May 3, 2021 10:35 pm

    Happy birthday, my beautiful boy.

  • Carmela Molina Posted October 3, 2021 8:19 pm

    God bless Ricky Jr in heaven. Please God, hold him
    Close to your heart. ❤️❤️

  • Dad Posted October 27, 2021 10:25 am

    Ricky, you’ll never know how truly loved you were by all that knew you. My soul was awakened by your birth and throughout your life you made me whole. Every day that passes whether sun, rain or snow, you’ll be missed. Love you my son.

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