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Rudy Garcia Jr.

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Rudolfo "Rudy" A. Garcia, Jr., 87, of Las Cruces, N.M., entered eternal life Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, with his loving wife, Margaret, by his side. "Rudy," as he was fondly known to family and friends, was born Feb. 6, 1925 in Doña Ana to Rudolfo and Annie Barela Garcia, Sr. Rudy was a man of great integrity and a very generous man that, if asked, would give the shirt off his back to make someone else comfortable. He loved working with soil, and seeing the fruits of his labor come to life; also enjoyed carpentry and building things with his hands. Rudy enjoyed driving his truck and traveling with his family. His dedication to his wife Margaret, his mom Annie, and to his sons, was a great example of a man from his generation. His gentle smile and eyes lit up the room when he walked in. Rudy always had a way of making you laugh and he taught many lessons to others throughout his life, which helped several families get established as farmers in the Mesilla Valley. Rudy and his family had one of the biggest cotton farms in the Doña Ana Valley in the 1940s and 50s. They helped establish the first cotton gin and operated a grocery store in Doña Ana, N.M. Rudy was one of the first cotton farmers in Wilcox, Ariz. Throughout his life Rudy worked at White Sands Missile Range, Garland, Texas Fire Department as a fireman, worked as a truck driver, and was a business owner. Together, he and his wife operated a child care facility as well as a tour bus service from El Paso, Texas to Albuquerque, N.M. Survivors include his wife, Margaret R. Garcia of the family home; three sons, Andrew B. Garcia (Elaine) of Santa Clarita, California, James D. Garcia (Dawna) of Atlanta, Ga. and Karl John Garcia of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Lauren, Alexandria, Michael, Alicia and Tyler and seven great-grandchildren. Other survivors include three sisters, Flora Lopez and Dora Kuester both of Las Cruces, and Laura Nevarez of San Antonio, Texas; sisters-in-law, Catherine Casados of Santa Fe and Juliet Maynez also Las Cruces, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Nora Maese and Maria Lucero, sister-in-law, Manuela Dossett of Dallas, Texas, brothers-in-law, Don Casados, Louie Maese, Philipe Lopez, Oscar Maynes, Paul Kuester and Fred Nevarez. Recitation of the holy rosary will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina, where a memorial mass will be celebrated immediately thereafter. Inurnment of cremains will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho Ave., where he will be laid to rest in the family plot. In lieu of flowers the Garcia family requests that donations be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005, (575) 523-4700 or the Alzheimer's Association New Mexico Chapter 1121 Mall Drive, Suite C, Las Cruces, NM 88011, (575) 647-3868. The Garcia family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Memorial Medical Center and Mesilla Valley Hospice, as well the warm and caring staff at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility. We are very grateful for the excellent care provided our loved one. The memories of Rudy will always bring a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts. He is loved and will be missed. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Sunset Crematory, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces. 527-2222. For online condolence log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 25, 2012
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