Rafael "Ray" Rodriguez

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  • "Still missing our dear friend. We continue to send love..."
    - Carol & Clete Fort
  • "Kevin and Family sending our prayers and condolences Lisa..."
    - Lisa Nunez
  • "Ray - You will be missed. Love ya, buddy!"
    - Clete Fort
  • "A well-deserved beautiful tribute. Always fun, always..."
    - Carol Fort
  • "Ray had an outgoing personality and I always had a good..."
    - Jay Kullmann
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Rafael A. "Ray" Rodriguez, 74, of Crystal River, Florida, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.
A native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, he was born Aug. 18, 1941, the only child to Antonio and Juanita Rodriguez. Ray, as he was known to everyone, was a retired national account sales manager for Hobart Corporation, with 33 years of service. He proudly served our country as a communications specialist in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1969.
Ray moved to Crystal River 17 years ago from Orlando, Florida. Ray had an infectious laugh, a comforting smile and an extreme passion for the outdoors, whether it was racing motorcycles, rebuilding car engines, camping, boating, dancing or his ultimate passion - fishing. Ray loved anything that involved competition, water, an engine and good times with loved ones.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 25 years, Anne Rodriguez of Crystal River; his four children, Kevin Rodriguez (wife Pattie), New Port Richey, Florida; Michael Rodriguez (wife Chris), Lawrenceville, Georgia; Lisa Smith (husband Bill), Parker, Colorado; and Daniel Rodriguez (wife Amy), Tampa, Florida; the mother of his children, Sharron Rodriguez of Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida; and his 11 grandchildren, Dane, Kelly-Anne, Tristan, Joshua, Caleb, Brenden, Hope, Blake, Kaden, Gavin and Julianna.
A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida, with Father Greg Andrews officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of Citrus County Inc.
Visit www.wilderfuneral.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Wilder Funeral Home
4890 South Suncoast Blvd | Homosassa, FL 34446 | (352) 628-3344
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