RUDY C. PEREZ(1939 - 2013)

RUDY C. PEREZ 1939 - 2013 Rodolfo Crispin Perez, "Rudy", was born December 6, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA. He passed away February 20, 2013, at home with his loving wife by his side. At the age of 9, Rudy, with his family, moved to Lamont. He graduated from Arvin High School Class of 1957, then moved to San Diego where he attended Palomar Jr. College for 2 years. In 1959 Rudy began working as a Production Machinist in aeronautics for Teledyne Technologies. On a visit to Bakersfield in 1995, through his brother and sister-in-law, Rudy was reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Ramirez. They were married October 12, 1996 and began their life together in San Diego. Due to Rudy's continuing health problems, they moved back to Bakersfield in 2007. He loved golf, playing in many tournaments over the years, and was an avid gardener until his health no longer allowed him to pursue his interests. Rudy was preceded in death by his father, Crispin Perez, mother Julia Gonzalez, and brother, David Gonzalez, Jr. Survivors include his wife Shirley Perez; children, Deanna Perez, Tracy Perez and husband Doug Wyrick, Rischelle Rowlin and husband Jeff, and Rudy Perez, Jr.; stepdaughters, Gina Mercado, Tabitha Martinez, Monica Gamez; stepson, Brent Horton; brothers, Eddie Gonzalez and wife Mary Ellen, Larry Gonzalez, John Gonzalez and wife Irene; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and his beloved dog Chikita who was at Rudy's bedside when he died. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Union Cemetery. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 26, 2013