Stephen Richard “Ricky” Gaia

Stephen Richard “Ricky” Gaia was born June 7, 1960 in Memphis, Tennessee to parents, Bill Gaia and Frances Ware Gaia. He passed away September 6, 2023 in Cleveland, Texas at the age of 63. Ricky began working in the flooring business in 1978 and was currently employed  at Texan Floor Service in Houston, Texas.

He loved the western heritage and was proud to be a cowboy. Ricky loved horses and spent many hours to become a great team roper. More than anything in this world Ricky loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him.

Ricky was preceded in death by his father, Bill Gaia; mother, Frances Mills. He is survived by his beloved wife of 13 years, Wendy Gaia; children, Jaci Bell, Micah Gaia, and Amiya Gaia; grandchildren, Jace Bell and Joseph Bell; brother, Andy Gaia; sister, Beth Guynes; brother-in-law, Jodie James and wife Kim; nephews, Roger Guynes and wife Kaleb, Michael Guynes and wife Tiffany, Brandon Morris, Jordan James, and Jesse James.

A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 2pm in the Pace-Stancil Chapel in Cleveland, Texas with Pastor Zack Currie officiating.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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