Chacon, Rudy L.
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Rudy L. Chacon, made his final jump and passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family on August 19, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. Rudy will be united eternally in Heaven with his loving wife of 54 years, Rose "Vickie" Chacon, whom passed away earlier this year. He is preceded in death by parents Augustin and Francisca Chacon; siblings Martin, Rosie, and Michael; and child Robert. Rudy is proudly survived by children Raymond, Richard, Rudy, Nancy, Debra, Herman, and Kenneth; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild; brothers Tommy, Bart, Roman, and Augustin Jr. and countless family members. Rudy was born to Francisca and Augustin Chacon on July 13, 1930 in Phoenix, AZ. At age 15, Rudy joined the military and proudly served his country as an Airborne Ranger during the Korean War and later joined the U.S. Marines. After his military career, Rudy returned to Phoenix and began a career as a heavy equipment operator with the City of Phoenix. Rudy was a devout Catholic and spent many years as a church parishioner including a role as President of the Guadalupanas. Rudy founded and resided as President over the Luciano Maldonado Chapter of the 11th Airborne Division Association. Rudy will be remembered for his countless stories and jokes that could make anyone smile and his divine ability to always be happy. Rudy lived by and will be remembered for his motto, "Rangers Lead the Way".Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by Mass from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 on Wednesday 08/27/2014. Burial procession will follow immediately at Resthaven Cemetery, 4310 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042. A Celebration of Rudy Chacon's Life will be held at the American Legion Post 41, 715 S. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003 following the funeral from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Vaya Con Dios, Apá.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 25, 2014