RUBEN "FUZZY" RODRIGUEZ|
EDINBURG - Ruben "Fuzzy" Rodriguez, 72, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at McAllen Medical Center.
Born in Rio Grande City, TX, Ruben had lived in Mission most of his life. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Berlin Crisis.
Ruben worked for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department as a Criminal Chief Investigator, with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture as Tick Eradication Inspector, and Edinburg, Elsa and Weslaco Police Departments as a peace officer. He also operated the Edinburg Stockyard under Leo Longoria, and was known to purchase cattle for numerous people in Edinburg. Ruben was well known for roping cattle, with his main mare, "Chavela", and was also an avid hunter.
He is preceded in death by a son, Joseph Rodriguez, his parents, Martin and Juanita Rodriguez, and a sister, Consuelo Gonzalez.
Ruben is survived by his wife, Irene Rodriguez of Mission; his children, Ruben (Delia) Rodriguez, Jr., Rudy (Isabel) Rodriguez, both of Edinburg, and Maricela Rodriguez of Monte Alto; step-son Luis A. Pena of Pharr; 11 grandchildren; and one great - grandchild; sisters, Alicia Escobar of Freer, TX, Oneida Fuentes of Edinburg; brothers, Raul Rodriguez of Mission, and Martin Rodriguez Jr. of Grand Prairie, TX.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary today, January 8, 2012, at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 East Canton in Edinburg. Funeral service will be at 9 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2012, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Edinburg. Interment will follow at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.
Pallbearers will be Ruben Rodriguez Jr., Rudy Rodriguez, Esquiel Rodriguez, Sergio Fuentes, Louie Pena, and Jose Gustavo Escobar.
Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 101 of Pharr.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.
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Published in The Monitor on Jan. 8, 2012