On Sunday, 2/17/13, we lost a pillar of our family, Roberto R. Rodriguez. He entered eternity to be with his loving God and Savior on this day. He is walking on streets of gold. A lifetime of longing for heaven and now he has his reward. He is no longer suffering with pain but singing and rejoicing with our Blessed Lord.
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Born to Marjil and Antonia Rodriguez in Brownsville, TX on 10/21/27. He was the 3rd child of 7 children, all who have already preceded him to heaven. He was raised in Mexico as a child but returned to Texas at the age of 15 years old. He loved singing, whistling, telling stories of his childhood and jokes, the open country and working in the outdoors, fishing, and yard sales. He would always go to sleep with his stereo on listening to Gospel Rancheras or Nortenias.
He met his wife, Petra Salazar while riding his bike in the country roads in San Benito, Texas where she was working in her father's ranch. They married on 12/23/48. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Petra Salazar Rodriguez.
They had 8 children: Sofia Galindo (Ben), Pedro Rodriguez (Dora), Elizabeth Flores (Ramiro) and Rachel Sauseda (Rudy) of Lodi, CA. David Rodriguez (Stacey) of Hayfork, CA, Joe Rodriguez (Elizabeth) of Arcata, CA , Ruth Vergara (Fidel) of Houston, TX, plus Margarita Rodriguez (deceased).
They have 23 grandchildren, 11 grandchildren-in-laws, 44 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews in Texas, California, Idaho, Georgia and Mexico.
He was a member of Crossroads of the Valley Church (formerly Aposento Alto) in Stockton, CA and Templo El Savador in San Benito, Texas. Throughout the years he served as a Deacon and Usher in both churches.
He will be greatly missed by all but we know that he is in the loving arms of our Savior. We love you Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-grandpa.
Viewing will be on Wednesday, 1-8pm and Thursday 8-4:30 pm at Lodi Funeral Home. Celebration service will be on Thursday at 6:30 pm at Crossroads of the Valley Church, 3514 E Main St in Stockton, CA (corner of 99 & Main St) Funeral services will be at Lodi Funeral Home Friday @ 11am followed by burial at Cherokee Memorial Park.
Lodi Funeral Home
725 South Fairmont Lodi, CA 95240
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27, 2013