Reydecel "EL Rey" Holguin

HOLGUIN, REYDECEL "EL REY," 57, of Louisville, KY, born May 22, 1955 in Chopeque, Mexico, died in his home on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Reydecel aka The King was the owner of La Paz, El Rey Mexican and El Rey Market. He was a driven, successful small business owner, entrepreneur, husband, father, confidante, grandfather and a close friend to all his customers.

Rey is survived by his spouse, Jackie Holguin of 37 years, and their three children: Leti Holguin, Veronica Lopez (Adrian), and Yolanda Contreras (Frank); five grandchildren; his siblings, Socorro, Martin, Pedro, Sergio, Adolfo, Ausencio, Ester and Flora; his nephew, Victor Mendoza; niece, Nadia Holguin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; his best friend, Hector Lara; and his two dogs, Sadie and Molly.

Rey is preceded in death by his siblings, Bertha and Jesus.

He immigrated from Chopeque, Mexico in 1973 to Kentucky (while tagging along with his brother, Socorro) with aspirations and a dream for a better future. He made his foot-print in Kentucky and never looked back. Rey found employment within the food industry almost immediately. It was then when he discovered his passion for food.

Please join us in the Celebration of Life for Rey on January 13, 2014 at the Elks Lodge on 2824 Klondike Lane from 6-10 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations to be made at any Chase Bank to Jackie Holguin. Condolences may be left on El Rey aka The King face book page.

We would like to thank Owen Funeral Home in Jeffersontown and the Elks Lodge. And all of El Rey's and La Paz customers who were faithful to him throughout the years. He strived for excellence everyday to service you along with putting a smile on your face and making sure you were fully fueled with his many special dishes. And without each of you, none of his success would have been possible. Thank you to his business partners, vendors, investors and bakers who provided guidance on a daily basis with the selection of his products and services for his customers. And for that, the family is forever grateful. Thank you to Hector Lara for being in Reys life. And thank you to the Golden Nuggett for giving Rey a place to be with friends.

"What happens at El Reys, stays at El Reys." Owen Funeral Home-Jeffersontown in charge.


Funeral Home

Owen Funeral Home
9318 Taylorsville Road Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 266-9655

Published in The Courier-Journal on Dec. 20, 2013