Our beloved husband, father, and Grandfather Rudolph "Rudy" Taylor Monsalvo passed away peacefully on January 27, 2011, at the age of 73. Rudy was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 1, 1937, to Lillie Taylor and Dr. R. O. Monsalvo. He graduated from the Texas Military Institute in 1955 and continued on to Baylor University in Waco, then to St. Mary's University, and St. Mary's College of Law. Rudy proudly served in the United States Coast Guard in 1960. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May of 1968 and was also licensed to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western District of Texas. His legal career spanned over four decades. Rudy was a criminal attorney who vigorously advocated for individuals and their families in difficult times. He was a true believer in the rights and protections guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Rudy was an "old fashioned" trial lawyer who would vehemently advocate for his client during trial, and then invite the prosecuting attorney for comradary after the legal proceedings concluded. A friend to all, Rudy loved the practice of law and all the friendships he made along the way. He also fancied himself a gentlemen farmer and rancher, with a passion for growing watermelons and strawberries on his farm in Atascosa County. Married to a former Strawberry Queen from Poteet, growing strawberries just seemed like the logical thing to do. Rudy married his sweetheart, Susan Qualls, July 3, 1969. Their 41 year marriage was a testament to his love for his family, which he considered his greatest blessing in life. Rudy's goal to take all of his grandchildren and God Son to Disneyland one last time was fulfilled earlier this month, during which time he was able to take each child on several of their favorite rides - while still finding time to consume his weight in clam chowder. Rudy is survived by his loving wife, Susan Qualls Monsalvo and daughters, Susan Taylor and Sherie Ann, and their husbands, Brian Smith and John Dickson. He was most proud of his grandchildren, Robert William Gleeson, Daniel Scott Gleeson, Katherine Scott Dickson, John Parker Smith III, God-Son Frank Spencer Stubbs IV. He was also survived by Mary Ann and Clyde Bruce, Danny and Gretchen Qualls, Gene and Margie Qualls, Dorothy Qualls Lary, Joan and Spencer Stubbs, and Fred Gleeson. Rudy was preceeded in death by his parents, Lillie Taylor and Dr. R. O. Monsalvo, Dan and Lucille Qualls, and Ronnie Bruce. Pallbearers are Judge Marion Carson, Judge Tim Johnson, Judge Michael Mery, Colonel (Ret.) Skinner Simpson, Frank Spencer Stubbs IV, and Carl West. Honorary pallbearers include Judge Alphonso Alonzo, William Snider, Bryant Ingram, Jim Lamb, Anthony Pierulla, Dr. John Kellog, Dr. Christopher Kopecky, and Gustavo Ramos. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to those who provided medical care and support to Rudy over the years, including Dr. Chris Kopecky, Dr. Fernandez Lopez, Dr. Arush Angirasa, and nursing assistant Marie Mendoza. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Trinity Baptist Church located at 319 E. Mulberry.
JANUARY 31, 2011
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
319 E. MULBERRY
GRAVESIDE SERVICE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING AT
PLEASANTON CITY CEMETERY
Rev. Dr. D. Leslie Hollon, Ph.D., will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Rudy's memory be made to the Alpha Home, C/O Trinity Baptist Church.
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Published by San Antonio Express-News on Jan. 30, 2011.