Jose H. (Rodolfo) Benavides

11/05/1929 - 06/09/2014 Obituary
Jose H. (Rodolfo) Benavides Obituary
The family of our beloved "abuelo" is saddened to announce his passing. Rodolfo was 84 years old and passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was preceded in death by his son, Jorge Luis Benavides; sister, Laura Benavides (Ball); brothers, Eustorgio and Juan Benavides; and parents, Juan and Maria Benavides. Rodolfo was born in San Vicente, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States in search of hope, prosperity and some dinero, eventually becoming a proud U.S. citizen. Rodolfo was not afraid of hard work, long hours and fresh air.
When he met "manual labor" what he received were calloused hands, sweat in his eyes and paraquet exposure every now and then. He was voted "bracero of the year" three times. (OK, we made that up). Rodolfo enjoyed being outdoors and working with the cool, sweet smell of the land. Pruning, cutting, picking, hoeing and cutting up a chicken fryer in 15 seconds flat; those were his trademark skills. Aside from dancing, socializing (social media was not in vogue yet) and enjoying his boxing and baseball, he found time to rendezvous with a girl outside of his neighborhood! In 1955, he met a young, beautiful raven haired senorita named Elisa Ruiz. They married on February 12, 1956; he found love, commitment and a new life in Arvin.
Rodolfo welcomed three strapping boys into his family, Jose Rodolfo, Sergio and Jorge Luis Benavides. He was a simple, salt of the earth man who instilled in his sons the importance of not taking for granted opportunities when they came, keeping your word and knowing a penny saved is a penny earned. Rodolfo loved his Dodgers and a good boxing or wrestling match.
Once Parkinson's disease reared its ugly head, Rodolfo managed well the delicate balance of medications and doctor visits. Between 2007 and 2013 he was part of a UCLA PEG study investigating the correlation of pesticide exposure to farm workers and Parkinson's disease. Although Rodolfo's disease progressed rapidly in the last few months, he still managed to maintain his dignity, self worth and love for this great country.
Rodolfo leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Elisa R. Benavides; his sons, Jose Rodolfo Benavides (Veronica), and Sergio Benavides (Herminia); sister, Lucia Benavides (Ruiz); and daughter-in-law, Cristina Benavides; granddaughters, Elisa Angelica Benavides, Crystal Michelle Benavides, Ines Marisol Benavides Meyers and Teresa Elizabeth Benavides; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to express its appreciation for the care and compassion given to Rodolfo by Dr. Pankaj Shukla and his dedicated staff, Optimal Hospice for their outstanding service and quick response to his needs.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center, 2739 Panama Lane. Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 900 H Street. Interment will be immediately following the Mass. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 13, 2014
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